Two new Council members appointed by GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC), the independent regulator for the UK’s medical profession, has appointed two new medical members for its Council after a competitive selection process.

Miss Alison Wright, an obstetrics and gynaecology consultant, and Dr Raj Patel MBE, a medical director, will both start their tenure as Council members in February to help drive forward the GMC’s work over the next four years.

The Council is led by Dame Clare Marx, who was appointed Chair in January 2019.

Miss Alison Wright trained at Leeds University and in 2003 became a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.

In 2008 she took up a consultant post at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she currently based. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was an elected international representative and then Vice-President. During her time as Vice-President, she set up the ‘supporting our doctors’ service for Members and Fellows of the RCOG.

She specialises in pelvic floor problems, childbirth trauma, maternal medicine and complex pregnancy care.

Dr Raj Patel is Deputy National Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement.  He was formerly Medical Director of NHS England Lancashire and Greater Manchester as well as Director of Commissioning for Lancashire. 
A Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Raj has been a GP partner in Greater Manchester since 1993 and has held senior clinical leadership positions in the NHS, locally, regionally and nationally since 1997 as well as a GP advisor role at the Department of Health.  He is a graduate of Manchester University Medical School and now sits on the General Assembly of the university.  Raj was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday honours list 2019 for services to healthcare.  

Dame Clare Marx said:

‘I welcome Alison and Raj’s appointments to the General Medical Council, and the wealth of experience they will each bring to the organisation.

‘They will be a vital part of our work to help improve workplace cultures and environments for the benefit of both doctors and patients. The insight and wisdom they will bring to Council will be a great benefit as we focus on the important task of keeping patients safe and supporting doctors to deliver excellence in patient care.’