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New Voices Join The Call For Sustainable General Practice

The General Practice Owners Association of Aotearoa New
Zealand (GenPro), whose objectives include providing strong,
credible and effective national representation for New
Zealand’s network of general practice and urgent care
business owners, has confirmed the results of its annual
Board election which will see two new Board appointments
strengthen representation for the
sector.
 
GenPro announced the results of the
election at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 18 October
2022 which was also attended by the Minister of Health, Hon.
Andrew Little.
 
The candidates successfully
elected to fill the two Board vacancies are:

  • Dr
    Mary English, GP and owner of Kelburn GPs in
    Wellington
  • Dr Stephanie Taylor, GP Partner at St
    Heliers Medical in Auckland

GenPro Chair, Dr Tim
Malloy, said “I am delighted that GenPro members have
elected two new Board members of the highest calibre. The
skills and expertise that both Dr English and Dr Taylor
bring to the Board will significantly strengthen the
Board’s ability to successfully represent, and advocate
for, general practice at a time when the sector is facing
unprecedented pressure from a rising workload and reducing
resources. I am looking forward to working with them
both”.

Dr
Mary English
(pictured), is a GP and owner of
Kelburn GPs in Wellington. She is also the Chair of the
Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre.

Upon
hearing of her election success, Dr English said, “New
Zealand stands at the crossroads of a significant health
sector change and it is now, more than ever, that we need
strong general practice.

“I strongly support
GenPro’s advocacy for our general practice teams, our
patients and our workforce and business viability. Our
clinical experiences are rooted in the communities we serve
and our patients are best cared for by the general practice
team which knows them best”.

Dr
Stephanie Taylor
(pictured), is a GP Partner at St
Heliers Medical in Auckland and is also Clinical Director of
Green Cross Health’s Medical Division.
 
Dr
Taylor said, “I strongly support GenPro because I am
worried about the sustainability of general practice and the
pressures it is under. I find it unacceptable that our high
needs and Māori communities are not receiving adequate
levels of care and many clinics, especially in rural areas
are simply unable to recruit staff. Those practices that are
able to continue providing services, are drowning in both
the clinical demands and bureaucracy.”

Dr English
and Dr Taylor join the GenPro Board with immediate
effect.

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