Manifestos revealed for GPC race

The six candidates to replace outgoing GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum have published manifestos to support their campaigns.

Several candidates called for greater involvement of LMCs in policymaking and plan to make better use of the skills of GPC subcommittees by delegating more responsibility.

They set out concerns about DoH plans for revalidation, private providers, and several pledged to push for a pay rise in 2008/9.

Dr Laurence Buckman said the GPC should be 'more robust' in dealing with politicians, and pledged to 'fight attempts to de-professionalise doctors'.

Dr Buckman has been a GPC negotiator for 10 years, a GPC member for 16 years, and deputy chairman for three years.

Dr Andrew Dearden said he knew 'when a line in the sand is needed and how to keep to it'.

He cited as a key personal strength the ability to involve the wider committee in decision-making. He pointed to success in communicating to the profession over GP pensions as evidence of his effectiveness.

Dr Dearden was GPC Wales chairman until early this month, and is chairman of the BMA pensions committee.

Dr John Canning offered a 'collegiate style of chairmanship'.

He cited a pay rise, stopping unpaid new work, appropriate regulation and a return ticket for PMS practices as top priorities.

Dr Canning is Cleveland LMC secretary and chairman of the BMA professional fees committee.

Dr Peter Holden said the profession should be 'more forthright' in its self-defence.

He said a pay rise, no increase in working hours, contractual fairness, and fitness-to-practise based on a criminal standard of proof were his priorities.

Dr Holden said his 23 years on the GPC, eight of them as a negotiator gave him 'unrivalled' experience.

GPC member Dr Eric Rose said that he was standing because he feared that DoH policy would destroy the profession.

Key concerns were the DoH favouring APMS contracts held by private firms, pressure on small practices and plans for polyclinics.

Dr Rose has been LMC conference chairman, run GPC subcommittees and helped review the GMS pay formula.

Dr Richard Vautrey said he was 'under no illusions' that the DoH would try to claw back MPIG payments and cut PMS growth money, and pledged to resist this.

He cited protecting pensions, trainers as key priorities, and pledged to break away from historic antipathy towards the RCGP. Dr Vautrey has been a GPC member for six years, and a negotiator for three.

GPC members will elect their new chairman on 19 July.

Find the manifestos in full at healthcarerepublic.com/news.

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