Exclusive: GPC Wales appoints first female chair

Dr Charlotte Jones will become the first woman and youngest-ever GP to chair GPC Wales when she takes up the post later this month.

Dr Charlotte Jones: first female chair of GPC Wales (photo: Ray Farley)
Dr Charlotte Jones: first female chair of GPC Wales (photo: Ray Farley)

The Swansea GP was uncontested in her bid to take over the top job from Dr David Bailey on 26 July. Her appointment means the UK GPC will have at least one female negotiator over the next three years, because chairs from the Celtic countries join the UK negotiating team.

The 41-year-old, currently deputy chairwoman of GPC Wales, said she was ‘delighted’ to be taking on the new role.

‘I am delighted. I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t have to prove I was the right candidate because I was unopposed. But you can also see it as nobody stood against me because they thought I was the right candidate.’

Dr Jones said her main priorities will be to ensure there is a sustainable workforce and more investment in general practice, and admitted she was taking on the role at a tough time.

‘We have a lot of over 55s in hard-to-recruit areas, in the rural and valley areas,' Dr Jones told GP. 'I will be building on David’s work and I am delighted to be looking after the profession over what will be a challenging, yet exciting few years.’

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