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 members for its Council after a competitive selection process.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and Dr Michael Marsh will both start their tenure as Council members in January to help drive forward its work over the next four years.
The Council is the governing body of the GMC and consists of 12 members, made up of an equal number of lay and medical members. There is a requirement that at least one member must live or work wholly or mainly in each of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Members are office-holders rather than employees and are akin to non-executive directors on boards.
The Council is led by Professor Sir Terence Stephenson, who was appointed Chair in 2015. As Sir Terence’s term in office finishes at the end of 2018, Dame Clare Marx will take over as Chair on 1 January 2019.
"At a time of great change and challenge for the healthcare system across the UK, the GMC’s roles in the training of all doctors, in protecting patient safety and in giving guidance are more important than ever. The insight and wisdom Philip and Michael will bring to Council will be a great benefit as the GMC takes forward these tasks."
Professor Sir Terence Stephenson
Lord Philip Hunt has been a member of the House of Lords since 1997. He is President of the Royal Society of Public Health, Health Care Supply Association and Hospital Caterers Association. He is Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Health Group. He is also a Trustee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Foundation for Liver Research.
He served for ten years in the 1997–2010 Labour Government and was the first Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of GPs, the Faculty of Public Health and the Faculty of Dental Surgery – Royal College of Surgeons.
Dr Michael Marsh is a leading paediatric consultant who was the Medical Director and Responsible Officer at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (SUHT) for six years until 2015. Dr Marsh held various other senior positions at SUHT, including director of the paediatric intensive care unit, clinical lead for paediatrics and divisional clinical director for women and children. In 2015 he became the first medical director for NHSE Specialised Commissioning London Region.
Professor Stephenson said:
‘I welcome Philip and Michael’s appointments to the General Medical Council, and the wealth of experience they each bring.
‘At a time of great change and challenge for the healthcare system across the UK, the GMC’s roles in the training of all doctors, in protecting patient safety and in giving guidance are more important than ever. ‘
The insight and wisdom Philip and Michael will bring to Council will be a great benefit as the GMC takes forward these tasks.’