Exclusive: Top female GPs plan joint bid to lead GPC

Two leading female GPs are considering standing on a joint ticket to become co-chairwomen of the UK GPC.

Dr Michelle Drage and Dr Fay Wilson: joint bid for GPC leadership
Dr Michelle Drage and Dr Fay Wilson: joint bid for GPC leadership

Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage and Birmingham GP Dr Fay Wilson, chief executive at out-of-hours provider Badger, are understood to be considering standing for the role when it is vacated by Dr Laurence Buckman later this month.

GP has been told by several sources that the pair are considering a joint bid for the position. Nominations for the post close on 5 July, and election results will be revealed at a GPC meeting on 18 July.

Dr Wilson told GP: ‘I can’t confirm anything at the moment. We are thinking about it following representations from people.

‘People have been asking us about it. Lots of people have been having lots of private conversations.'

GP revealed last month that Dr Wilson had refused to rule out standing for the post.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey and negotiators Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Dr Dean Marshall have all told GP they will run for the post of chair.

The GPC has had an all-male negotiating team since last July and fewer than one in four of its members are women. Dr Charlotte Jones will join the UK negotiating team after she was appointed GPC Wales chairwoman on 28 June. She will become the first woman and youngest-ever GP to chair GPC Wales when she takes up the post on 26 July.

Former GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash has ruled out a run to become UK GPC chairwoman, but will stand for a negotiator post.

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