RCGP to elect first female chair for 50 years

The RCGP will elect its first female chair for almost 50 years this spring.

Dr Baker (left) and Dr Gerada are the two nominees for RCGP chair
Dr Baker (left) and Dr Gerada are the two nominees for RCGP chair

Two GPs have nominated themselves to succeed Professor Steve Field. They are Dr Clare Gerada, who works in south London and is RCGP vice-chair, and Dr Maureen Baker, former RCGP honorary secretary and current pandemic lead.

Dr Annis Gillie was the first female chair of the RCGP in 1959. She served in that role until 1962.

Hustings by candidates will be held at the 26 February RCGP council meeting. Candidates will each be asked to give a five-minute presentation. Candidates will be called in alphabetical order and will each by heard separately in camera, so as not to give advantage to fellow contestants.

A ballot of council members will be held 5-26 March. The successful candidate, the chairman-elect, will be announced at the 14 April meeting and will shadow Professor Field until 20 November.

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