Following a national ballot of RCGP members, Professor Mayur Lakhani has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Professor Lakhani was chair of the RCGP Council from 2004 to 2007 and is currently practising GP in Leicestershire. He beat off competition from Professor Rodger Charlton, Professor Roger Jones, Dr John Chisholm and Dr Paul Myres to win the election.
As a RCGP president, Lakhani will serve a two-year term from November 2017 until November 2019, succeeding Dr Terry Kemple who will leave office at the college’s annual general meeting in November after completing his two-year term.
The RCGP President acts as the ceremonial head of the college, working with the Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the Chair of Council who sets the strategic direction and policy of the RCGP.
The new president of RCGP, Prof Lakhani said that he would like to thank members of the RCGP for electing him to be their next President. He will take the responsibility of president very seriously. He would like to thank all the other candidates who also stood in the election and from whose perspectives he has learnt a lot. He look forward to working with the chair of the RCGP and other officers, members and faculties.
RCGP also elected six council members, with the successful candidates announced as Professor Clare Gerada, the college’s former chair, as well as Dr Jonathan Leach, Dr Stuart Blake, Dr John Cosgrove, Dr Robert Hampton and Dr Martyn Hewett.
Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Acting chief executive officer and college returning officer Congratulate Mayur and all other candidates for the fair and professional way in which they have conducted this round of elections.
She further added that currently GPs and general practice are under unprecedented pressures. So, is very important that we have a democratic College that is able to represent members and patients on the issues that matter most.
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