GCP Wales announces new chair

Author: Jo Carlowe

A new chair has been appointed this week, for the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GPs’ Committee (GPC) for Wales.

GPC Wales has announced Dr Phil White as its new chair, effective as of yesterday.

Dr White is a GP partner based in Felinheli Surgery in north Wales and has been a member of GPC Wales for 12 years.

Speaking on his new appointment, Dr White, who is a fluent Welsh speaker, said: “I am happy to take up the position as chair of GPC Wales. The work the committee does is far reaching; playing a leading role in developing a high quality and sustainable NHS, providing an authoritative voice from the profession and doing its very best for GPs across Wales.

“I have big shoes to fill but am certainly up for the challenge. I have a strong committee behind me and we are committed to working proactively to ensure we champion the views of our members and their patients.”

Dr White has been a GP in the NHS for 36 years, spending 28 of these years as a clinical assistant in ENT during this time. He has been an elected member of Welsh Council since 1985 in his role as chair, and subsequent secretary, of the Gwynedd division (now north west Wales).

He is the vaccination and immunisation lead for GPC Wales and, alongside his work for BMA Cymru, is an honorary lecturer at Bangor University, where he teaches healthcare studies.

Dr White is currently the secretary and CEO of the north Wales LMC, however he will be stepping down to focus on his new role.

Dr White succeeds Dr Charlotte Jones in her role as chair from 2013 to 2019.

BMA Cymru Wales interim head of operations, Yvette Jacques said: “I would like to congratulate Phil on his new role. He has served BMA Cymru Wales and patients well over the years during his various roles. I look forward to working with him in his role as chair of GPC Wales.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Dr Charlotte Jones, who served with utmost dedication during her time as chair. She has contributed greatly to health debate, ensuring that the interests of doctors and patients in Wales were heard at the highest levels.”

Alongside Dr White, Dr Gareth Oelmann and Dr Peter Horvath Howard have been appointed as co-deputy chairs of GPC Wales. Dr Oelmann is a GP partner in Cwmbran and Dr Horvath Howard is a GP partner in Hay on Wye. 

Dr Gareth Oelmann and Dr Peter Horvath Howard have also been elected as negotiators, along with Dr David Bailey, chair of BMA Welsh Council and a GP partner in Caerphilly and Dr Ian Harris, member of GPC Wales and a GP partner in Bridgend.

Image courtesy of BMA GPC Wales