GMC avoids controversy by keeping doctor at helm

The GMC this week decided against appointing its first lay chairman, after GPs warned that the move risked alienating the profession (GP, 6 February).

Professor Peter Rubin, a consultant physician, was confirmed on Monday as the successor to Professor Sir Graeme Catto. He starts on 20 April.

Professor Rubin, a former chairman of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, was one of three candidates for the post of GMC chairman. He beat former civil servant Ann Robinson, who would have been the GMC's first non-doctor chairman in 150 years, and consultant paediatrician Dr John Jenkins.

Professor Rubin, professor of therapeutics at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: 'It is an honour and a privilege to become chairman of the GMC. The next few years for the GMC will be challenging and exciting as we continue to deliver a major agenda of change.

'The GMC has a hugely important role in maintaining and assuring patient safety through the highest standards in medicine. I am looking forward to working with doctors, patients, employers and educators alike to ensure we continue to fulfil that role.'

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