Longest-serving negotiator voted out in GPC elections

The GPC's longest-serving negotiator, Dr Peter Holden, lost his position to Essex LMCs' Dr Brian Balmer in an election on Thursday.

Dr Peter Holden: voted out after long spell on GPC (Photo: JH Lancy)
Dr Peter Holden: voted out after long spell on GPC (Photo: JH Lancy)

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey, and the GPC's sole female negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash retained their seats.

Derbyshire GP Dr Holden has been a member of the GPC for 30 years, and a GPC negotiator for around 15 years. A member of the GPC team behind the 2004 new GMS contract deal, he has recently led GPC negotiations on premises, urgent and out-of-hours services, practice finance and dispensing.

North Staffordshire GP Dr Chandra Kanneganti also failed to win a seat in the election held under the single transferable vote system.

Congratulations to new negotiators

Dr Vautrey wrote on Twitter: ‘Congratulations to Dr McCarron-Nash and Dr Brian Balmer in GPC executive team elections. Led by Dr Chaand Nagpaul we will fight for NHS general practice.

‘Grateful and humbled by continued support from the GPC in executive team elections. I will continue to work hard for all GPs.'

He added: ‘Peter Holden has served the GPC with distinction and will continue to serve the BMA and the profession in many ways. GPs owe him a great debt.

Dr Balmer, chief executive of Essex LMCs for 16 years and on the GPC since 2002, stood unsuccessfully for election to  the executive for the first time in 2013.

Support for LMCs

He told GP ahead of the 2013 election that the GPC should provide more support for LMCs in their negotiations with NHS England’s area teams.

‘We are all working with the same organisation [NHS England] and the GPC needs to be much slicker at putting practical support in place for LMCs where they want it,' he said.

‘The one big thing we need to do is to reverse the perception that we are in retreat. We need to give the other side something else to think about.’

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