Two of the three women who stood for RCGP council seats – London GP Dr Una Coales and Glasgow GP Dr Margaret McCartney – were among the six successful candidates announced today. Deputy GPC chairman Dr Richard Vautrey was also among those elected to the council.
Two of the candidates, Dr McCartney and Bristol GP Dr Terry Kemple, were elected to the council for the first time.
Left to right: Dr Terry Kemple, Dr Una Coales, Dr Bill Irish, Dr Mary McCartney, Professor Nigel Sparrow and Dr Richard Vautrey.
The candidates are all elected on three-year terms and are due to take up their seats at the college’s November council meeting.
In her manifesto statement, Dr Coales pledged to address concerns about the clinical skills assessment (CSA) element of the MRCGP examination. LMCs have called for the GMC, BMA and RCGP to launch an investigation into the reasons why international medical graduates' pass rates are consistently lower than those of UK graduates.
Dr Kemple, who has worked in Zambia, New Zealand, Australia and the USA, called for the GP/patient relationship to be protected. He said trust was the ‘essential ingredient’ in the relationship.
Dr McCartney's statement said the RCGP needed to continue speaking up against the ‘destruction of the NHS’. ‘We need to stand up for professional values and patient need regardless of popularity,’ her manifesto said.
She also said the ‘political interference’ into GPs’ work had become ‘burdensome and harmful’.
The other successful candidates include Bristol GP Dr Bill Irish and Nottingham GP Professor Nigel Sparrow, the college’s revalidation lead.