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GP elected as GMC president

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1427 (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1427

Sir Donald Irvine, a general practitioner from Northumberland, was last week elected president of the General Medical Council. The first general practitioner ever to be president, Sir Donald will take up his post at the beginning of September.

Sir Donald Irvine

“I believe,” said Sir Donald last week, “that the GMC should be outward looking and responsive to the needs of the public. It shouldn't be seen just as a punitive body that does or doesn't work depending on your point of view.”

Sir Donald has picked out five areas for development: professional standards, performance, the preregistration year, the workings of the GMC, and its wider relationships. The council last week approved Good …

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