Candidates line up for a potential GPC negotiator vacancy

Five GPs have put themselves forward for the GPC negotiator post that could become available following the election of a new GPC chairman on 19 July.

Three of the six candidates for GPC chairman hold current negotiating posts – Dr Laurence Buckman, Dr Richard Vautrey and Dr Peter Holden.

Should one of this trio be elected, a second election will be held for a GPC negotiator.

The candidates include Dr John Canning and Dr Andrew Dearden, who are also running for GPC chairman.

The other candidates are North London GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GPC prescribing subcommittee member and executive committee member of NHS Alliance; Oxford GP Dr Prit Buttar, an ex-army surgeon with interests in cardiology and computing; and Dr Peter Fellows, chairman of the GPC’s prescribing subcommittee.

Dr Dearden was a member of the GPC negotiating team in his capacity as GPC Wales chairman until he stood down this month – chairmen of the national committees are automatically included in the UK negotiating team.

A negotiating post would not be vacated if he became GPC chairman.

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