By Accountable Care Journal-
Professor Amanda Howe has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) following a national ballot of its membership.
She will take over the post from Professor Mayur Lakhani, who will demit office at the College’s Annual General Meeting in November, after completing his two-year term.
The RCGP President is the constitutional head of the College. Unlike the other Medical Royal Colleges, it is the Chair who sets the strategic direction and policy. The current RCGP Chair of Council is Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.
Professor Howe is Immediate past-President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) and is Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia and RCGP East Anglia Faculty Provost. She has previously served as RCGP Vice Chair for Professional Development and Honorary Secretary.
She will serve a two-year term from November 2019 until November 2021.
RCGP Chief Operating Officer and College Returning Officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick said: “Congratulations to Amanda, and many thanks to the other six candidates who stood for the role of RCGP President. It was a truly fair and open contest.
“Amanda brings a wealth of experience of the College, academic primary care and frontline general practice. We very much look forward to working with her. ”
The elections were conducted officially and independently by Electoral Reform Services (ERS). Turnout was 14 per cent of College Membership with the eligibility to vote.
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