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Maureen Baker: The invisible woman

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4548 (Published 16 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4548

Biography

Maureen Baker wants to see more NHS resources directed towards primary care. Anybody unaware of this must have been asleep because, as chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners since November 2013, she has used all means of communication to get this point across, forcefully at times. A Scot who practises in Lincolnshire, Baker is in awe of nobody and knows the ropes, having served the college for a decade as honorary secretary. She thinks that general practice is undervalued and over-policed, saying she would have made far better use of the £500m recently given to hospital emergency departments. Baker is 55.

What was your earliest ambition?

I wanted to be a nun. I was greatly influenced by watching The Sound of Music as a young girl and rather fancied running through alpine meadows, singing as I went.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I regard my mother and my …

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