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What would YOU like from the BMA and your College? What are YOUR Ideas, Concerns and Expectations?
I am running for the BMA Council to ensure our doctors’ trade union has doctors’ backs at a time when general practice is under
threat of demise and NHS consultants and junior doctors are pushed to breaking point by bureaucracy and managers.
Look out for your BMA postal ballots to be sent around March 19, 2014 to 150,000 doctor members of the British Medical Association.
I am currently serving as YOUR RCGP Council Rep between 2013 and 2016 to fulfil the manifesto below and YOUR mandate for me.
I attended a RCGP workshop on addressing the college’s democratic deficit on February 20, 2014 and spoke on your behalf.
RCGP National Council Member postal and online ballots were cast between May 13 and May 31, 2013. Votes have now been counted and verified by the Electoral Reform Service. Thank you for all your votes and e-mails of support to make me 1 of your 6 RCGP Council Reps!
I topped the BMA GPC Sessional GPs Subcommittee election for 2013 to 2016 and hope to unite both the BMA and RCGP so they serve all GPs interests.
RCGP Council Member Ballot Statement May 2013
‘I would like to renew my term as your RCGP national council representative, to ensure fair treatment of doctors, correct any democratic deficits, and ensure College accountability and transparency. Members’ needs include faculty engagement in shaping all central College policies, not mere rubber-stamping, control of exam and membership fees to retain membership, a stronger voice for trainees and sessionals, promoting GP partnerships and personal lists, maintaining GP autonomy against unreasonable political expectations (box-ticking exercises), mitigating CQC and revalidation hurdles, making College more relevant for members, and modernising College, giving 46,000 members the right to vote for their Chair.’
RCGP Presidential and Council Member postal and online ballots were cast between May 16 and June 1, 2012. Thank you for all your votes, faxes and e-mails of support! RCGP Election Results June 6, 2012 (16% total voter returns): I came 3rd for President and again 1st for Council. Thank you to the 893 GPs who voted for me for first preference for President and 823 GPs who voted for me for first preference for Council. My second term as RCGP Council Member runs from November 18, 2012-2015, and I shall continue to give Voice to all Your Concerns! The November AGM 2012 quorum meeting of 25 GPs was advised to accept my resignation which was written under duress and not put my name forward, despite retracting my resignation almost immediately, i.e. 3 days later, and expressing to the AGM my wish to honour the 823 GPs who voted for me and still serve my new term. I apologise to the 823 GPs who voted for me that College (the AGM of 25 GPs) has not allowed me to serve as your National Council Rep for 2012-2015.
RCGP Council Member Ballot Statement May 2012
‘I would like to renew my term as your RCGP national council representative, to continue to ensure fair treatment of doctors, correct any democratic deficits, and ensure accountability and transparency. Members’ continuing needs include direct democratic engagement for true representation and belonging, reduction of exam and membership fees, a voice for AiTs and sessionals, promoting GP partnerships, and a mitigating voice against unreasonable public and political expectations with pensions, bureaucratic burden, CQC and revalidation. I am also running for President to sit on the Council Executive Committee, the most senior decision-making body of College. You may vote on both ballots.’
RCGP Presidential and Council Member postal ballots were sent between April 24 and May 29, 2009. Thank you for all your votes, faxes and e-mails of support! RCGP Election Results June 3, 2009 (21.9% total voter returns): I came 2nd for President and 1st for Council. Thank you to the 1,163 GPs who voted for me for President and 898 GPs who voted for me for Council. My term as RCGP Council Member runs from November 21, 2009-2012, and I shall give Voice to all Your Concerns! As I progress down the manifesto, please feel free to make me aware of any new concerns. I have your mandate to deliver! I am your national representative!
RCGP Council Member Ballot Statement April 2009
‘As a council member, I will represent the viewpoints of a burgeoning and diverse membership within Council, reduce fractionation and dissonance, facilitate problem-solving with the aim of preserving the integrity of our profession, whilst promoting clinical excellence in family medicine. Members’ immediate needs include college cost control, reduction of exam and membership fees, increase and protection of partnerships, a voice in revalidation, promulgation of a fair portrayal of GPs and mitigation of unreasonable public and political expectations. Foster inclusivity by democratic member involvement in key decision-making policies through polls, e-mails and post and we have a unified voice.’