Exclusive: Most UK negotiators to contend GPC leadership

Three out of five GPC negotiators will stand in an election to appoint a successor to GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, whose six-year term ends in July.

Dr Buckman's successor will be appointed in July (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)
Dr Buckman's successor will be appointed in July (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

Elections this summer will choose a new GPC chairman and three negotiators for the committee. There will also be elections for the chair of GPC Wales.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey, Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Dr Dean Marshall told GP they will stand for the position of chairman in the upcoming elections. They are all current GPC negotiators.

Fellow negotiator Dr Peter Holden declined to say whether he would run, and Dr Buckman will not be contesting the post.

GPC members will vote for Dr Buckman's successor at a meeting on 18 July.

Three UK negotiating positions will also be decided this summer when Dr Holden, Dr Vautrey and Dr Nagpaul end their one-year terms. Dr Marshall was voted in as a UK negotiator last year on a three-year term.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey has confirmed that he will stand for a UK negotiator position after his current role comes to an end on 26 July.

Dr Charlotte Jones, GPC Wales’ deputy chairman, told GP that she will stand to replace Dr Bailey. If successful, she would become the first female chair of the Welsh GPC.

‘I would be extremely honoured to be chair of GPC Wales, she said. ‘David would be a hard act to follow.’

Former UK negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash has confirmed that she will be standing again for a UK negotiating position. But she ruled out running for the chairman’s post, despite being asked by several people if she would contest the role.

GPC member Dr Helena McKeown is considering standing for a UK negotiating position, but said her first priority will be getting Dr McCarron-Nash re-elected. ‘I didn’t vote for her last year and I regret it,’ she said.

Dr McKeown called for both McCarron-Nash and GPC member Dr Fay Wilson to stand for the position of chairman. ‘Dr Fay Wilson would be fantastic because she set up and runs [out-of-hours provider] Badger,’ she said.

Dr Buckman will remain on the GPC for a year without voting rights. He refused to comment on who he would like to succeed him. ‘I will not be drawn in,’ he said. ‘I will not be voting for them. It is whoever it is. I wish whoever it is the best of luck.’

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