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Observations BMJ Confidential

Clare Gerada: Best move was “getting into drugs”

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6192

For its new series, BMJ Confidential, the BMJ asked some of the movers and shakers of the medical world about their work, life, and less serious matters. Its first subject: the outgoing chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners


Clare Gerada is a GP in south London and chairwoman of the council of the Royal College of General Practitioners. A vocal defender of the NHS, she sprang to prominence as a leading voice in the opposition to the coalition government’s reorganisation of the NHS in England. She was named in February 2013 by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme as one of the most powerful 100 women in the UK.

She is a Twitter addict. Sample tweet: “Psychiatrists should undertake at last six months’ training in primary care­—or marry a GP.” She is married to Simon Wessely, a prominent psychiatrist.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a doctor—just like my father.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My father. He was a singlehanded GP who started off with a practice in …

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