Former negotiator bids to restore female voice on GPC

Former GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash has told GP magazine she will stand in elections this summer in a bid to reclaim the post she lost last year.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: bid to regain GPC negotiator post
Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: bid to regain GPC negotiator post

Dr McCarron-Nash, a GPC member for 13 years, was the sole female member of the GPC's five-strong negotiating team until last year, but lost out in elections to former GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall.

She will stand for one of the five negotiating posts in elections at a GPC meeting in July. GPC members will also select a new chair at the 18 July meeting when the incumbent, Dr Laurence Buckman, stands down.

Dr McCarron-Nash’s exit from the negotiating table last year after a four-year stint left the GPC with an all-male negotiating team for the first time in around a decade.

‘I think it has taken an awful lot to come back,’ said Dr McCarron-Nash, now a GP partner in Truro, Cornwall. ‘It is difficult to lose a seat. But I’m tough enough. And I would like another go. I really enjoyed my time as a negotiator. I brought a different balance to the team and I would relish another chance. I believe I have a lot more to give and I would very much like to stand again.’

When asked if she would like to see more female candidates for negotiating roles, followingcriticisms from LMCs about the lack of women at the top of the GPC, she said: ‘I am not going to make any comments on any other candidate.’

Three current negotiators were elected for one-year terms last July. They are GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey, London GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Matlock GP Dr Peter Holden.

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