GPC votes out only female negotiator

Outgoing GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall has been elected as a negotiator for the UK GPC, but the committee's only female negotiator has not been re-elected.

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: four years as GPC negotiator
Dr Beth McCarron-Nash: four years as GPC negotiator

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, a salaried GP in Cornwall, became the GPC's youngest-ever negotiator when she was elected in 2008.

But in elections on Thursday, GPC members voted to select four negotiators from five candidates. GPC deputy chairman and Leeds GP Dr Richard Vautrey won a negotiator post, and was also re-elected as deputy chairman of the committee for a one-year term.

London GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Matlock GP Dr Peter Holden were also re-elected as negotiators for one-year terms.

Former GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall was elected to the fourth post, and will serve for three years. Dr McCarron-Nash was not re-elected.

Dr McCarron-Nash has been a GPC member for 12 years and was a negotiator for four years. Dr Marshall had served as a negotiator for six years in his role as GPC Scotland chairman, and has been a GPC member for 10 years.

Dr Vautrey has been a negotiator for eight years, Dr Nagpaul for five years and Dr Holden for 13 years.

Speaking ahead of the elections Dr Marshall told GP it had been a difficult decision to stand for election against his colleagues.

Dr Marshall said: 'It was a very difficult decision. We have worked together for all the years I have been there. But given my success in Scotland as a negotiator, I believe the team would be stronger with me as a negotiator. We are at a critical time in England, basically in crisis, and we need the strongest team possible.'

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