Dr Richard Vautrey elected chair of GPC England and UK

Leeds GP Dr Richard Vautrey has been elected chair of the BMA's GP committee for England and the UK.

Dr Richard Vautrey elected GPC chair (Photo: JH Lancy)
Dr Richard Vautrey elected GPC chair (Photo: JH Lancy)

Dr Vautrey, who served as deputy under the previous two GPC UK chairs, takes up the positions immediately.

The longstanding GPC member has been serving as acting committee chair after the position became vacant this month when Dr Chaand Nagpaul was elected chair of BMA council.

Dr Vautrey, who practises in Leeds where he is LMC assistant secretary, has been a GPC member since 2001. He served four years as Dr Nagpaul’s deputy after losing out in the final round of the 2013 chair election and was deputy to previous chair Dr Laurence Buckman.

GP leadership

Dr Vautrey also served as a negotiator under Dr Hamish Meldrum's chairmanship of the GPC before becoming deputy chair under Dr Buckman. The new GPC chair also sits on the BMA and RCGP councils.

After initially winning the vote for GPC England position, Dr Vautrey was later appointed unopposed to lead for the UK, a position the four national GPC chairs are eligible for. If more than one national chair wished to stand for the UK role an election would have been held at a later date.

Crucial time for general practice

Dr Vautrey said: 'I am truly humbled and honoured to be elected as chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England. At such a crucial time for the future of general practice there can be no greater privilege or responsibility than to be asked to lead our great profession.

'I know there is much to do to deal with the workload pressures, resolve the workforce crisis and improve the morale of GPs but I firmly believe that GPC, working with LMCs, can turn this situation around and will enable a brighter future for general practice.'

Dr Vautrey faces a tough start to his time as chair of GPC England, with a ballot currently underway over potential industrial action. The GPC has asked GPs to indicate whether they would be prepared to take part in a mass closure of patient lists in protest over the ongoing GP crisis.

This story was update on 21 July 2017 to include Dr Vautrey's election to the UK position which happened after his election to the England chair had been announced. 

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