New faces appointed onto GPC England executive team

New faces Dr Farah Jameel and Dr Krishna Kasaraneni have been appointed onto the GPC England executive team, alongside returning member Dr Mark Sanford-Wood who will take on the role of deputy chair.

Left to right: Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, Dr Farah Jameel and Dr Mark Sanford-Wood
Left to right: Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, Dr Farah Jameel and Dr Mark Sanford-Wood

The team will work alongside GPC England and UK chair Dr Richard Vautrey, who elected to the post last month.

Dr Sanford-Wood, who was also in the running for GPC chair after Dr Chaand Nagpaul left the post – following his appointment as chair of the BMA – has been appointed as deputy chair.

He joined the executive team last year, and has been a GPC member for five years. He is a locum GP and also works as medical secretary of Devon LMC.

London GP Dr Jameel is BMA GP workload lead and has been a GPC member since 2014. She is a sessional GP and chair of Camden LMC.

Yorkshire GP Dr Kasaraneni has been GPC workforce lead since 2014 and a member since 2011. He is also medical director at Humberside LMC.

Dr Vautrey said: ‘General practice is facing an unprecedented crisis as it struggles to cope with rising workload, stagnating funding and widespread staff shortages. We need urgent action to resolve these fundamental issues.

‘The depth of experience and talent in this new GPC England executive team and policy lead group will now be working closely with me to hold the government to account and start to turn around this crisis facing general practice.’

Dr Sanford-Wood said on Twitter: ‘Thoroughly delighted and honoured to have been appointed deputy chair of GPC. Looking forward to the challenge.’

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