Dr Gareth Oelmann has been elected as Chair of GPCW for the 2022-25 Session.
Dr Oelmann, a GP in Gwent, South Wales has been a member of GPC Wales for seven years and currently serves as Vice-chair, elected negotiator and Chair of Gwent LMC, as well as being a member of BMA Welsh Council.
He will start his new role at the end of July, taking over the post from outgoing chair Dr Phil White who has led GPC Wales since 2019.
On his appointment, he said: “I am thrilled to have been elected. I will continue to ensure I fight for the best interests of GPs and patients in Wales and ensure our voices are heard at the highest levels.
“The post-pandemic recovery represents a defining moment for the NHS and General Practice in Wales. In the shifting landscape of Primary Care, it is paramount that General Practitioners have active representation at Collaborative, Health Board and Welsh Government levels.
“Now, more than ever, the NHS in Wales needs highly functioning Primary Care. We have the opportunity and the voice on a national stage, to champion the role of General Practice in leading the recovery”
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