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GPC Wales elected negotiators to negotiate the contract for GPs in Wales. In this series, we meet the negotiators on the GPC Wales executive team, working for GPs across Wales.
“I’m Swansea born and bred (and proud of it) and studied at the University of Wales College of Medicine Cardiff, qualifying in 1996. I’ve now been a GP partner in Brackla, Bridgend since 2001.
“I’ve always been a bit of a campaigner, writing letters when I’ve felt something isn't right, and became involved in LMC work after being recruited by my old mentor, Ian Millington, or ‘Millie’ as he’s fondly known. Millie is a legend in medical politics in Wales and could see I was suited to LMC work; I was always writing letters to the medical director about issues around dumping work on GPs, care quality, discharge information and rationing of care. It was a natural move for me to badge my sense of 'right and wrong' with the LMC emblem. I became vice-chair in April 2014 and then chair in 2017.
“In 2018, I was co-opted into the GPCW negotiating team for the contract round and subsequently elected as part of the 2019/21 executive team in the 2019 GPCW July elections.
“The more I become involved, the more I realise that the role of LMCs and GPCW is to protect GPs from the 'bright idea' brigade. Many groups and individuals come up with new-fangled plans and there’s always an element of 'get the GP to do it...', usually for free and ignoring the need for resource to deliver anything. The majority of the work we do in the committee and LMC goes unseen and unrecognised but without it, GPs would be overwhelmed by demand and pressure.
“Generally, the only bits that get noticed are when people slip things past or something unpopular happens. It comes with the territory but it's still vital and rewarding work.
Outside of work, I love all sport, particularly rugby and cricket, although my main hobby is ferrying my three children around the Vale of Glamorgan and beyond!”
Meet negotiator and chair of GPC Wales, Dr Phil White, here.
Meet negotiator and co deputy chair of GPC Wales, Dr Peter Horvath-Howard, here.