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In July this year, alongside Dr Phil White, I took on the role of co-deputy chair of GPC Wales. I’m a rural dispensing GP with over 20 years’ experience in Hay-on-Wye and Talgarth, currently working in a border practice running community hospital beds and a virtual ward system. I’m also the medical secretary for Dyfed Powys LMC.
I have always been politically active as a GP and involved in local issues. Some years ago, when I became more involved with Dyfed Powys LMC, our then chair, Dr David Roberts, asked me to attend GPC Wales. From there, I had national involvement with participation in national committees and the GPC UK LMC conference agenda committee.
I have always seen my position as being rooted in the LMC and my main aim has been to protect Independent Contractor Status. I believe the passion around running and developing a business that effectively belongs to a partnership, is not transferable to a state employed serviced. The contractor practices give an ideal bedrock, not only for the service, but for training and employing other GPs and the multidisciplinary team.
I believe GPC Wales and BMA Cymru Wales punch above their weight in terms of being small teams with large national responsibilities and for me, national and local medical committee roles complement each other well.
It’s an honour to be deputy co-chair of GPC Wales, having been a member for seven years and with the weight of the committee and Dr Phil White behind me, I will continue to champion the views of our members.
Outside of medicine, I’m an avid guitar player, I enjoy running and yoga and have a huge passion for Asian food and travel.
We want to hear from GPs across Wales, about any issues you may have, to inform the work of the committee. You can get in touch by emailing [email protected]
You can also find Dr Horvath-Howard on Twitter @horvath_howard
Dr Peter Horvath-Howard lives just across the border in Hereford with his wife Annie, son Fred and dog Floyd (plus many marine fish and invertebrates in a large reef aquarium).