Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland has announced that Dr Chris Provan will be joining the organisation for a three-year term from November as their their new chair.
Dr Provan has worked as a GP for 30 years, and has served as chair of North East Scotland since 2021.
Commenting on his post, Dr Provan said that RCGP Scotland is “committed to working with patients, general practitioners and their practice teams to provide the best quality care we can.
“General practice in Scotland faces many difficulties such as overwhelming workload at times which is exacerbated by a shortage of GPs. We need help with recruitment, retention and investment into general practice to help us provide the quality of care we wish to for our patients.”
He added that being a GP is “a hugely fulfilling role and we need to focus on the positives of working together with our patients, in our communities.”
In addition, Dr Chris Williams, currently joint chair of RCGP Scotland, will be taking up the post of deputy chair (policy), also for a period of three years from November.
Dr Williams commented: “Policy is an absolutely vital aspect of the College’s work; it’s the space in which we are able to directly engage with policymakers on a wide range of incredibly important areas for general practice.
“On behalf of myself and my joint chair Dr David Shackles, I’d like to congratulate Dr Chris Provan on his election and express how pleased I am to work alongside him in the coming months. I’d also like to acknowledge that I’ll be following Dr Catriona Morton in post and recognise the breadth of work she has undertaken during her time as deputy chair.”