GPC reveals new executive team for England

The BMA's GP committee has revealed its new English executive team.

The new leadership was appointed following a decision by this year’s annual conference of LMCs to form an England-only GPC for the first time.

LMC leaders said the new structure would better reflect the growing divergence between the nations in devolved health policy.

The new team is chaired by UK GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul, with Dr Richard Vautrey reappointed as his deputy.

The team is joined by Devon LMC member locum GP Dr Mark-Sanford Wood, and Birmingham Cross City CCG chairman Dr Gavin Ralston. The team will serve a two-year term.

There will no longer be a UK-wide GPC, but the England executive will meet regularly with GPC leaders from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘There are formidable challenges facing general practice. This newly appointed English executive team will provide strategic leadership and will work with a range of policy leads as part of wider reforms within the BMA’s GP committee.

GP crisis

‘This will include closer working with local medical committees to deliver on the priorities of our recent Urgent Prescription for General Practice and the government’s recently announced GP Forward View.

‘I believe this new team has the broad range of experience and skills to listen, represent and lead the profession in these difficult times.’

Dr Vautrey, a GP in Leeds and UK executive member since 2004 said: ‘It's a privilege to be able to serve the profession in this role. Working with the new GP committee England as well as the wider GP committee UK teams, I'm committed to doing all I can to turn around the current crisis undermining general practice and to make a real difference for GPs and our patients.’

Dr Sanford-Wood, who has sat on the GPC since 2011, said: ‘I relish the prospect of working with the entire GP committee in the forthcoming challenges to represent all branches of general practice during a period of unprecedented change for the NHS.’

Dr Ralston said: 'General practice and indeed the NHS as a whole is at a crossroads and now more than ever we need to make certain that general practice has a strong voice. I am really pleased to be taking up this role and looking forward to using my experience both as a GP and a commissioner to ensure that general practice thrives and not just survives, which is a necessity for the NHS as a whole to work well for patients.’

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