GPC Wales appoints new chair

Dr Phil White has been appointed the new chair of GPC Wales.

GPC Wales chair Dr Phil White (Photo: BMA Wales)
GPC Wales chair Dr Phil White (Photo: BMA Wales)

Dr White, a GP in north Wales, has been a member of GPC Wales for 12 years and is currently the secretary and CEO of the north Wales LMC. He will start his new role immediately, taking over the post from outgoing chair Dr Charlotte Jones who has led GPC Wales since 2013.

Dr White has been a GP for 36 years and has also spent 28 of these as a clinical assistant in ENT. He is also an honorary lecturer at Bangor University, where he teaches healthcare studies.

Meanwhile Dr Gareth Oelmann, a GP in Cwmbran, and Dr Peter Horvath Howard, a GP in Hay on Wye, have been appointed as co-deputy chairs of GPC Wales and also elected as negotiators.

The other GPs elected as negotiators are Dr David Bailey, chair of BMA Welsh Council and former GPC Wales chair and a GP Caerphilly, and Dr Ian Harris a GP in Bridgend.

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Dr White said: 'I am happy to take up the position as chair of GPC Wales. The work the committee does is far reaching; playing a leading role in developing a high quality and sustainable NHS, providing an authoritative voice from the profession and doing its very best for GPs across Wales.

'I have big shoes to fill but am certainly up for the challenge. I have a strong committee behind me and we are committed to working proactively to ensure we champion the views of our members and their patients.'

BMA Wales interim head of operations Yvette Jacques said: ‘I would like to congratulate Phil on his new role. He has served BMA Cymru Wales and patients well over the years during his various roles. I look forward to working with him in his role as chair of GPC Wales.

'I would also like to pay tribute to Dr Charlotte Jones, who served with utmost dedication during her time as chair. She has contributed greatly to health debate, ensuring that the interests of doctors and patients in Wales were heard at the highest levels.’

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