Dr Andrew Goddard has been elected the 121st president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). In a close-run election that saw nine candidates stand and the maximum seven voting transfers, Dr Goddard won with 2,313 votes, 597 more than the nearest candidate.
A total of 5,082 votes were cast in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services, making it the highest number on record and beating the previous high of 4,933 in 2014. He will take over from current president Professor Jane Dacre on 26 September 2018.
Following the result's announcement, Dr Goddard commented:
I am humbled that the fellows of the RCP have elected me and I will do my best to live up to their expectations. There are challenging years ahead but we have a great team here and we can achieve a great deal.
Dr Goddard first got involved with the RCP in 2003, when he was elected onto the New Consultants Committee which he chaired between 2005 and 2007. Between 2008 and 2013, he was director of the Medical Workforce Unit, and was named college EWTD lead in early 2009.
Dr Goddard became RCP registrar in January 2014 and is currently a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at Royal Derby Hospital.
In his candidate statement, he said:
I envision an RCP that is listened to and respected by NHS leaders and politicians as the voice of our profession, by showing that we understand what support doctors on the ground need and by providing for those needs. I want an NHS that is true to its original values, with the workforce and capacity it needs; planned for long term, rather than in political cycles.
I want an RCP that all members across the world are proud to be a part of, with sustainable high quality patient care as our core purpose.