Dr Heath, who will take up the position from November, is currently chair of the RCGP international committee, and is a former chair of its ethics committee.
A GP in Kentish Town since 1975, Dr Heath recently received an RCGP award for ‘special meritorious work’ with the college.
The election of Dr Heath will be a relief to the college, which faced embarrassment after one candidate stood on an anti-revalidation ticket – a stance which put her on a collision course with the RCGP.
Dr Una Coales, who confirmed to Healthcare Republic that she came second in the vote, stood in the hope of convincing the college to work towards ‘shelving’ revalidation.
Of around 36,000 RCGP members, around 5,000 are understood to have voted.
Dr Coales said large numbers of GPs would quit the profession rather than undergo revalidation in its current form.
But she added: ‘I will be on the RCGP council, and I will try to express grassroots GPs’ views.
‘I’ve raised awareness, some people say I’ve given the college a scare. Hopefully it will look again at revalidation.’
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