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New member elected to GPC negotiating team

Essex LMC chief executive Dr Brian Balmer has been elected to the GPC contract negotiating team, taking over from long-term incumbent Dr Peter Holden.

The elections held today reinstated Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, a GP in Cornwall, and deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey, a GP in Leeds, who will both serve two-year terms alongside Dr Balmer.

Dr Holden, a GP in Matlock Derbyshire and medical aircrew with the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, has held his place on the GPC negotiating team for more than 15 years, and is the last remaining member of the team that secured the 2004 GMS contract.

He has led the GPC’s negotiations on premises, and talks on urgent and emergency medicine and warned in April that there was ‘a year to save general practice’.

Dr Holden was one of the first on the scene when one of the 7/7 bombs destroyed a bus outside BMA House on Tavistock Square in 2005.

Dr Balmer, has had recent successes for Essex PMS practices, negotiating a highly favourable GMS transition arrangement minimising the risk of scything cuts form PMS reviews.