BMA challenged over lack of women leaders

GP leaders could force an investigation into why women are underrepresented on the GPC at this month's UK LMCs conference.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: voted out of GPC negotiating team
Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: voted out of GPC negotiating team

LMCs have tabled a series of motions warning that both the GPC and the BMA as a whole risk losing credibility if they fail to address the dearth of women in senior roles.

Around half of all GPs are now women, and data from the RCGP show that two thirds of current trainees are women.

But the GPC has had an all-male negotiating team since July last year, when sole female negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash was voted out.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LMC put forward a motion warning that the GPC should ‘elect a negotiating team which reflects the breadth of modern general practice in order to remain relevant and credible’.

A motion from Derbyshire LMC warns that just 16 out of 75 voting members of the GPC are women.

Medical Women’s Federation president Dr Fiona Cornish told GP that many women were put off going for GPC posts because it was so ‘heavily male’.

‘We need to get critical mass,’ she said. ‘And women in those roles need to encourage other women.’

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