The General Medical Council has appointed Dame Clare Marx as its new chair, making her the first woman to hold this position since the GMC’s establishment 160 years ago.
Dame Clare will succeed Professor Sir Terence Stephenson in January 2019 to begin her new role. Having worked as an orthopaedic surgeon at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for more than 20 years, Dame Marx went on to become its associate medical director for appraisal and revalidation in 2013.
Following her election in 2014, Dame Clare is the immediate past president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She held the role for three years and was the first woman in the history of the College to assume the position.
The chief executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey explains, “‘Dame Clare joins the GMC at a critical time, where an ambitious programme of work is underway. I am confident that the wealth of experience she brings from her previous roles will be invaluable to seeing this work through successfully as the GMC continues its work to protect patients by maintaining and improving standards in medical practice.”
Dame Clare said of her new position, “It is a great honour to be appointed as the next chair of the GMC. In the 70th year of the NHS and at a watershed moment for a profession under intense pressure, I look forward to leading GMC’s Council and working with health partners across the UK in protecting patients by supporting doctors.”