Ousted GPC negotiator will keep fighting for grassroots GPs

A senior GP whose defeat in elections last week deprived the GPC of its only female negotiator has pledged to continue fighting for grassroots GPs.

Dr McCarron-Nash: ‘I have fought hard for all GPs and I believe I brought a necessary balance and strong voice to the team.'

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash missed out on re-election as a GPC negotiator last week, despite being the only woman and the only sessional GP on the team.

She told GP magazine: 'I will take this on the chin and, more than ever, carry on fighting on behalf of all grassroots GPs, ensuring the voice of working doctors is heard by ministers and managers.’

Dr McCarron-Nash led negotiations on workforce and education, and was the lead GPC negotiator for plans to extend GP training to four years.

She also championed the needs of young GPs and highlighted their concerns during debates over pensions.

Dr McCarron-Nash was one of just two women who have been GPC negotiators over the past 90 years.

Last Thursday, the GPC elected Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Dr Richard Vautrey, Dr Peter Holden and Dr Dean Marshall to four available negotiator posts. Dr Laurence Buckman remains chairman of the GPC until next year and Dr Vautrey remains deputy chairman.

Speaking after the elections, Dr McCarron-Nash said she was disappointed with the result but proud of the work she had done during her four years as a negotiator.

Dr McCarron-Nash said: 'I am obviously disappointed, but congratulate the negotiating team on their election. I will continue to support the new negotiating team as much as I can. 

‘I remain proud of the achievements I have made in the past four years, particularly standing up for our pensions, lobbying against the damaging aspects of the Health Act, opportunities for all GPs, workforce, education and training.

‘I have fought hard for all GPs and I believe I brought a necessary balance and strong voice to the team.

'Modern general practice has changed and more than ever we are going to need strong representatives to ensure the voices of all GPs continue to be heard.'

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