RCGP to unveil new chair-elect this week after council hustings

RCGP council members are voting to decide who should replace current chair Dr Maureen Baker after candidates spoke at a hustings event over the weekend.

RCGP headquarters in Euston Square, London
RCGP headquarters in Euston Square, London

Four candidates have put themselves forward to become the new RCGP chair from November when Dr Baker steps down after three years in the role.

Wiltshire GP and current RCGP vice chair for external affairs Dr Tim Ballard, Essex GP and RCGP council member Dr Sunil Gupta, London GP and RCGP council member Professor Martin Marshall and Lichfield GP and current RCGP treasurer Dr Helen Stokes Lampard are the candidates for the role.

The quartet addressed the RCGP council over the weekend, and council members are now voting to decide whom to support. Although council members are elected by the full RCGP membership, the chair is elected by the council alone.

RCGP chair election

The college expects to announce the result of the leadership election later this week. Find out below what each candidate has pledged to deliver, and read their supporting statements in full.

Key pledges from RCGP chair candidates

Dr Tim Ballard

  • Making the college 'more relevant to and valued by' members
  • Free access to all types of CPD for college members
  • Develop a college-led professional quality scheme for practices to reduce current regulatory burden

Dr Sunil Gupta

  • Work to ensure GP Forward View pledges are implemented
  • Ensure resources reach front line to enable GPs to work safe hours and improve patient safety

Professor Martin Marshall

  • Tackle GP crisis through ensuring rapid delivery of promised new funding
  • Develop a 'comprehensive quality improvement offer' for RCGP members

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard

  • Fight for general practice, rebuild professional self-respect
  • Work to ensure 'substantially increased' funding and numbers of clinicians

Read the candidates' supporting statements in full

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