Outgoing chairman Dr Laurence Buckman steps down from the GPC today after 16 years on the negotiating team and six years as chairman of the committee.
Dr Nagpaul saw off an all-women joint bid for the role by Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage and Birmingham GP Dr Fay Wilson, chief executive at out-of-hours provider Badger, who were knocked out in the first round of voting.
Dr Dean Marshall was eliminated in the second round, and deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey fell at the final hurdle.
Dr Nagpaul has been involved in his LMC for over 20 years, on GPC since 1996, BMA council since 2008, and served on RCGP Council for 11 years.
He says he is 'rooted in the grassroots'. Before today's vote, Dr Nagpaul said he wanted to lead a GPC that 'visibly stands up for GPs and general practice, to rebut and challenge head on the mistruths that malign us, and publicise the extraordinary work GPs do and the immense value we provide to the NHS on a shoestring'.
His immediate priority, he said, would be to tackle the crisis of unresourced work, and provide resources, time and capacity to provide patients the care they deserve.
He said: 'I will fight for general practice to get its fair increased share of the NHS cake, and for politicians to finally grasp that this itself is key to reducing NHS pressures. I wish GPC to lead a vision and strategy beyond the current battles, that defines a positive future for general practice, fit for purpose, sustainable, with manageable workload and just rewards, and is in touch with everyday GPs.'
In 2012 during industrial action over pensions, Dr Nagpaul was featured in a Daily Mail exposé of doctors with six-figure pension deals.
The Mail said: 'He has been at the forefront of the battle over pensions, and warned recently that family doctors were so frustrated by the issue that they might withdraw from new NHS commissioning bodies set up by health secretary Andrew Lansley.'
Dr Vautrey was one of the first people to offer their congratulations to Dr Nagpaul:
Congratulations to Chaand Nagpaul elected as GPC chair. He will be a great leader of the profession— Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) July 18, 2013