Three GPs have gained places on the Sunday Times’ list of the 500 most influential Britons.
GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, former RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada and NICE chair Professor David Haslam have all made a list of 20 representing the healthcare category.
Others in the group who are not GPs included health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who The Sunday Times said was ‘dedicated to profound transformation of the NHS’; NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, who led a major review of urgent care; Julie Bailey, the founder of Cure the NHS, who exposed the failings at Mid Staffordshire hospital; and Robert Francis QC, who led the influential inquiry into those failings.
Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, also made the list, although his general practice equivalent Professor Steve Field was overlooked.
Commenting on the nod, Dr Nagpaul said: ‘This accolade recognises the immense work of the GPC as a whole in representing GPs and the bedrock of care general practice provides to around one million patients in the NHS on a daily basis.
‘It also reflects the GPC’s central role in negotiating to deliver improvements in GPs’ ability to care for patients, such as reducing bureaucracy in general practice as achieved in recent contract negotiations, and giving GPs more time to provide personalised care for patients.’
All three GPs featured on the Sunday Times’ list were in the top 10 of Pulse’s 2013 Power 50 list of influential GPs, with Dr Nagpaul taking the top slot ahead of Dr Gerada at number eight and Professor Haslam at number 10.