A BBC programme has chosen RCGP council chair Professor Clare Gerada among its list of the UK’s 100 most powerful women.
BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme listed Professor Gerada alongside the Queen, home secretary Theresa May, Santander UK chief executive Ana Botín, and chief medical officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies.
Professor Gerada, is a London-based GP, was the first female chair of the RCGP in 50 years after being elected in 2011. She started her career as a GP in Lambeth in 1991 and has helped improve the support available to drug users from GPs. In 2000 she was awarded an MBE in for services to medicine.
Professor Gerada added: ‘I don’t feel powerful – but I’m honoured to be on the list. I think there are four doctors there so it’s good that healthcare is recognised.
‘I don’t think that many of the women on the list have pop star status, and a lot of people probably don’t know who Ana Botin is. If you had a similar list of the 100 most influential men most people would know all of them.’