Viewpoint: Professor Mayur Lakhani: Why I should be RCGP president

I want to be your president as a working doctor, writes former RCGP chairman Professor Mayur Lakhani.

Prof Lakhani: 'I would like my presidency to be about great careers in general practice.' Pic: Rob Clayton
Prof Lakhani: 'I would like my presidency to be about great careers in general practice.' Pic: Rob Clayton

Vote for me for a better future:

* With tangible action on recruitment, retention and career

* Where there is respect for medical professionalism and freedom to practice clinical medicine without ticking boxes or fear of complaints

* Higher quality for patients through bona-fide enhanced support and resources for practices and GPs in their daily working lives

* I am very proud to be a GP and I am proud of the work that you do. Thank you for the extraordinary contribution that you all make in so many ways.

I would like my presidency to be about great careers in general practice

But I know just how difficult things are at the moment especially with the workforce crisis and relentless increase in workload. If you are a first five GP,  you face far too many obstacles in pursuing a fulfilling career. Experienced GPs are leaving.

Enough is enough!  We have to fight back.  I will get straight to the point: If elected, I would like my presidency to be about great careers in general practice, by revitalising our great discipline and creating opportunity for all GPs regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or employment status.

I will do this by making recruitment and retention of GPs the number one priority. In particular, this will consist of specific initiatives to support first five doctors, medical students, and experienced GPs by reducing the burden of disproportionate regulation. Whether you are a partner, locum or salaried GP, I want you to succeed and thrive by building resilient general practice.

I genuinely believe that this is a time of great opportunity to lead and champion general practice in an ever-changing NHS. The GP as an expert generalist is the key to the future with the practice as the hub for an integrated care system.  I will make sure that the role of the GP is well understood, value and supported.

As president, I will represent the concerns and issues that matter most to members and faculties in all parts of the RCGP, in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

I believe that I have the credentials to be president with a long history of leadership roles combined with active clinical practice as a principal and a track record of achievement, for example being the first to propose  the idea of GP federations.

I believe we can turn things around for our patients. We can renew general practice but only by pursuing a progressive agenda that builds on our core values and medical professionalism as a force for good.

This is a time for the strongest possible leadership from GPs and their representative organisations. It will be an honour to represent and unite the profession as president of the college.  I will do my best to be every GP’s president.

Contact me on More information. The election takes place on 5 May. The other candidates are Dr Michael Dixon, Dr Colin Hunter and Dr Terry Kemple.

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