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College president elections – are members not bothered?

  • Abdul K. Al-Sheikhli
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Professor Sue Bailey, the new College President, will take office on 30 June 2011.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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College president elections – are members not bothered?

  • Abdul K. Al-Sheikhli
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Why psychiatrists are not bothered to vote for the president?

Waqqas A Khokhar, Specialty Registrar
10 June 2011

This represents an inherent problem with the college's policies on involving it's members with it's working. The college structure is too complicated and many people, as trainees, do not have any incentive to make an active effort to understand it. As a result, it is no surprise that they show disinterest in it's elections as members.

However, more recently, members of British Pakistani, Indian, Srilankan, Arab and various other psychiatrist organisations have been encouraged through their respective organisations to take part in voting. This, in itself, is not wrong as long as coercion is not involved, but at one level is against the ethos of the whole voting process.

One possible solution is to open election of the president to the trainees at the affiliate level. After all they are the future members of the college any way. This should help to make them feel empowered and be engaged with the process right from the start of their careers. It is onlynatural not to feel motivated about some thing that you do not have a direct stake in or have not contributed to.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists prides itself in engaging with it's trainees more than any other training body in the U.K. It is about time that practical steps be taken to achieve this rather than just payinglip service to an otherwise lost cause.
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