Saturday, 13 February 2016

Who is Dr Una Coales? Here is my full CV.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Una Coales BA (Hons) MD FRCSEd FRCSEd (ENT) MRCGP (2003) DRCOG PGCertMedEd


I was elected to the BMA Council in 2014 to ensure our doctors' trade union has doctors' backs at all times, i.e. supports doctors. Drastic measures are now called for to save general practice from collapse. I resigned from the BMA in 2014 when the BMA refused an emergency motion to ballot NHS GPs on undated mass resignations in the wake of a NHS GP partner suicide. 

Dr Una Coales is a media GP (2004-2018), retired NHS surgeon and GP, prolific Royal Society of Medicine author of 14 medical exam revision books and was an international GP educator (MRCGP Course provider 2004-2014). She has worked as a salaried GP in Clapham, as a private GP off Harley Street, as a locum NHS GP, and as a Primary Care Access Support GP for the Lambeth PCT in South London to help partners fulfil their 48-hour appointment government target. She joined the South London Faculty Board of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005 and served as Honorary Faculty Treasurer 2006-2009. She was elected to the Lambeth LMC in 2008 and served for 2 years. She is a member of the Association of Broadcasting Doctors and is a national and international spokesperson for the promotion of health education. She has given live news commentaries (Sky, BBC3, BBC Radio 4, Channel 5 news) and promoted health education presenting Channel 4's Turn Back Your Body Clock, Channel 9 Australia (2006), BBC America (USA), W Network Canada and New Zealand in 2007. She was elected the IDF Chair of the GP Committee in 2011. She was also elected Honorary Secretary of Conservative Health October, 2011 and accepted to enable her to better fight for the abolition of revalidation, a pointless Labour Legacy and still insists overregulation does not ensure quality. She studied at The Johns Hopkins University, surgical residency at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, NYC (affiliated with Columbia University Medical School), relocated to the UK and completed VTS (residency) with the London Deanery. She has passed the National Board of Medical Examiners Exam (USA), PLAB (GMC) 1994, FRCS (general surgery) 1999, FRCS (ENT) 2000, DRCOG, DFFP and MRCGP (2003) exams and gained PGCertMedEd and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of GPs (2010-2014). She was elected to the BMA Sessional GP Subcommittee and RCGP Council in 2013. She was elected to the BMA Council June 2014. She was recently ranked 18 on the Pulse Power 50 GP list for 2014.

Pre-Medical Education                    
The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, U.S.A.
Full academic scholarship 1983-1987; Dean’s Award 1987
B.A. in Biology (Honours in Pre-medicine)
Medical Degree                               
M.D., Full academic scholarship 1987-1988
The Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, U.S.A., 1987 to 1991

Further Certification                                           
FRCGP, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 2010-2014
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, The University of Westminster, Sept 17, 2008
MRCGP, The Royal College of General Practitioners, 2003-2014
Certificate of Equivalent Experience, JCPTGP, No. 49673, 2003
DFFP, Faculty of Family Planning of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2002
DRCOG, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2001
FRCS (ENT), Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2000
FRCS (General Surgery), Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1999
PLAB, General Medical Council 1994
New York State medical license issued 1993. 
Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (U.S.A.), 1992


My motivation is to promote health education on a global scale. Obesity affects 1 billion worldwide (13 million in the UK alone). Someone has a heart attack every 2 minutes in the UK. The public need to be aware of serious health risks and consequences to themselves and their families and of how to prevent this.’

Called on by Iain Dale at LBC radio show: Explained why there should NOT be a cap on non-EU doctors in the context of a  national shortage of NHS GPs and half of UK foundation year doctors pursuing non NHS paths. Broadcast 25 May 2018.

Called on by 5 news at 6:30 with Katherine Nash: TV interview to discuss why it is hard to see one's own family GP. Broadcasted on May 9, 2018.

BBC The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell, series 11, episode 13. Interviewed on 'Is the NHS fit for purpose?' Broadcast April 15, 2018.

Called on by 5 news at 5 with Sian Williams and at 6:30 with Claudia-Liza Armah : Pre-recorded tv interview to discuss the health benefits of dancing in the elderly. Broadcast March 26, 2018.

Called on by 5 news at 6:30 with Matt Barbet: TV interview to discuss the Brisbane H3N2 flu virus. Broadcast September 13, 2017.

Called on by 5 news at 6:30 with Matt Barbet: TV interview to discuss tackling obesity with the new NHS steps plan. Broadcast August 22, 2017.

Called on by 5 news at 6:30: TV interview to discuss a BMJ article suggesting shortening the course of antibiotics. Broadcast July 27, 2017.

Called on by Sky news: TV interview with Tim Macleod to discuss GP antidepressant prescribing. Broadcast June 30, 2017.

Called on by 5 news at 5: TV interview to discuss 3 week appointments to see GPs and the GP recruitment crisis. Broadcast June 2, 2017. 

Called on by Sky news: TV interview with Gillian Joseph to discuss 3 week appointments to see GPs and the pressures GPs are under. Broadcast June 2, 2017.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on the latest study on statins and its side effects. Broadcast May 3, 2017.

Called on by Sky News: TV interview with Sarah Jane Mee and Jonathan Samuels  on the NHS cap on locum doctor pay. Broadcast March 22, 2017.

Called on by Sky News: TV interview with Claudia-Liza Armah on a Danish study showing increased risk of cardiac arrest on ibuprofen and diclofenac with recommendations to limit ibuprofen to 6 tablets a day or 1200 mg a day. Broadcast March 16, 2017.

Called on by C5 News at 5: TV interview on sepsis and pressures on GPs. Broadcast March 10, 2017.

Called on by Sky News: TV interview with Niall Paterson on the NHS crisis and adopting copayments or insurance plans as in France, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and Australia as the dated 1948 NHS model is unsustainable in 2017. Broadcast March 4, 2017.

Called on by C5 News at 5: TV interview on treatments for hyperemesis gravidarum. Broadcast March 2, 2017.

Called on by ITV news to discuss potential causes of perforated duodenal ulcer in light of the death of Tara Palmer Tomkinson. Broadcast February 15, 2017.

Called on by Sky News: TV interview with Isabel Webster on GPs at breaking point working in underfunded surgeries. Broadcast February 9, 2017.

Called on by C5 Live News: TV interview on difficulties diagnosing stroke for the annual stroke awareness campaign. Broadcast February 2, 2017.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on NHS GPs charging patients as a last ditch effort to save NHS general practice after MPIG cuts. Broadcast January 25, 2017.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on drastic measures to tackle childhood obesity. Broadcast November 3, 2016.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on 30 second weight loss interventions by GPs. Broadcast October 25, 2016.

Posh Pawn Series 7 Episode 2. Filmed in October 2016. Broadcast February 4, 2018 on Channel 4.

Bargain Hunt series 44 episode 1 broadcasted on May 20, 2016.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview on how to live longer. Broadcast February 12, 2016.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Cathy Jones on cancer risks. Broadcast December 17, 2015.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on personal health budgets funded by the NHS. Broadcast September 1, 2015.

Called on by Nick Ferrari LBC Breakfast Radio Show for GP interview on dangers of jogging for marathons. Radio broadcast 21 July 2015.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on Cameron’s announcement of 5,000 new NHS GPs and surgeries to be open 7/7. Broadcast May 18, 2015.

Called on by Sky News Sunrise: TV interview with Eamonn Holmes to discuss NICE’s suggestion that NHS GPs blow the whistle on each other for over-prescribing antibiotics. Broadcast February 18, 2015.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet on incentivising pregnant women to quit smoking. Broadcast January 28, 2015.

Called on by Sky News Sunrise: TV interview with Jayne Secker to debate the dangers of slimming pills (DNP, fex phensibutramine and rimonabant) and advocate a return to basics, drinking water over sugary drinks and taking up walking as effective and light exercise to lose weight. Broadcast January 1, 2015.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Jayne Secker to debate the State’s control over health in the UK. The State should get involved when 25% of the population are obese and 23% of children under 11 in Wales are obese. The NHS cannot afford to provide 2 million obese with type 2 diabetes bariatric surgery at £6000 each and it will lead to a backlog of NHS operations. The State should tax the food industry on sugar dumped in our food and drink and the fast food industry and subsidise our farmers to make healthy foods affordable in supermarkets. Parents do not want to outlive their obese children. Obesity may lead to type 2 diabetes, cancer and early death. Aired November 27, 2014.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Jannat Jalil to discuss RCGP’s 240-page toolkit for NHS GPs to look out for signs of child cyber-bullying, human trafficking and radicalisation. ‘GPs are being bombarded by tasks by the government and now College. At a time of national crisis, when we cannot recruit or retain GPs, we should be easing the burden on NHS GPs. This is not a GP’s job to take on the role of police enforcement. GPs see a child 30-60 mins/year. Schools see children 200 days a year and parents 365 days a year. Parents should monitor their children’s online activity.’ Aired 26 October 2014.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Colin Brazier to discuss Britain’s consumption of alcohol and the effects of alcohol excess. Aired 15 October 2014.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Matt Barbet also to discuss Cameron’s pledge of 7-day access to one’s family GP. Aired 30 September 2014.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Kay Burley to discuss Cameron’s pledge of 7-day access to one’s family GP. Explained there simply aren’t enough GPs. We are facing a recruitment and retention crisis. Aired 30 September 2014.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Colin Brazier to discuss the GMC’s proposal for tougher sanctions and to force doctors to apologise.
Aired August 22, 2014. Explained that further heavy-handed sanctions were driving good doctors away and how we face a national shortage of NHS GPs and A&E doctors.

Called on by Channel 5 Live News: TV interview with Emma Crosby.  
Explained why patients are being turned away by their NHS GP. Televised 28 July 2014.

Called on by Nick Ferrari at LBC Breakfast radio show: Explained why there is a national shortage of NHS GPs. Aired 28 July 2014.

Called on by Sky News Live: TV interview with Lorna Dunkley to discuss the foreign doctor study. Aired 18 April 2014. Explained how the study did not compare how UK doctors fared with the PLAB exam and that it would be safer for patients, if all doctors, UK, EU and IMGs were tested with one standard national UK competency exam with no EU trade exemptions.

Called on by Radio 5 Live with Chris Warburton: Aired 18 April 2014. Explained how the competency test is not sat by UK or EU doctors and that it was misleading to compare the results of PLAB for IMG doctors with the results of MRCGP and MRCP, as UK doctors do not sit the PLAB competency test. Better to have one national UK medical exam for UK, EU and IMG doctors to sit before they treat NHS patients.

Called on by LBC radio on Foreign doctor testing. Aired 18 April 2014. Explained need to close the EU doctor loophole so they also sit the PLAB competency test and how I had sat the PLAB exam myself (as an IMG) and how hard it was. Also discussed the 1999 GMC study comparing how 50 UK medical school graduates fared when sitting the PLAB exam. Only 2/50 passed. Need for uniform testing of all doctors who treat NHS patients.

Called on by Channel 5 News: TV interview with Emma Crosby to explain the lack of manpower for 8-8 7-day GP openings. 
Televised 14 April 2014.

Called on by Sky News LiveTV interview with Sara Jane Mee on the proposed 8-8 7 day a week GP service. 13 April 2014. Explained about the severe GP recruitment crisis and shortage of GPs.

Called on by Nick Ferrari at Breakfast radio show: Clear English move for Medics. Aired 2 April 2014. Asked for English (IELTS) and NHS medicine test (PLAB) for all doctors from abroad and to close the EU doctor loophole testing exemption. One test of English and medical competency for all doctors coming from abroad to the NHS, no exemptions.

Called on by Channel 5 News: TV interview on the health risks of excess sugar. Televised 9 January 2014.

Called on by Sky News LiveTV interview with Dermot Murnaghan on the NHS life and death week special. Televised 6 January 2014. no to a 7-day GP service. We are not an emergency service. We are primary care.

Called on by Channel 5 Live NewsTV interview with Simon Vigar on £10 A&E charges in the context of an A&E crisis and national brain drain of A&E doctors and NHS GPs. Televised 3 January 2014.

Called on by BBC News and BBC Radio 5: TV and radio interviews on the RCGP CSA exam. Transmitted and televised 19 October 2013.Suggested taking this subjective exam out of the hands of actors and reverting back to video assessment of GPs in real NHS GP surgeries with real NHS patients and raised concerns of ‘unconscious bias’.

Called on by Channel 5 News: TV interview on the roll out of the NHS phoneline 111 and the problems that have arisen. Televised 6 May 2013.

Called on by Channel 5 News: TV interview on the tragic death of London Marathon runner. April 2012.

Called on by Channel 5 News: Beat week. TV interview on eating disorders and when to refer for in-patient treatment. 20 February 2012.

BBC The Big Question. Series 5, Episode 6, ‘Should 49% of the NHS become a business opportunity.’ Yes if it prevents NHS trusts from declaring bankruptcy or closing vital services, A+E departments, maternity services and cancer wards.’ Televised 12 February 2012.

Called on by Channel 5 News: The Strengths of the Health Bill. Televised 8 February 2012.

Live with Gabby: TV interview on PIP implantsTelevised January 24, 2012.

Called on by Five News to give a tv interview on swine flu and which people GPs would like to see with flu-like illness, televised 23 December 2010.

Interviewed by BMJ Careers ‘The Joy of Stress’ Cath Janes, April 16, 2009.

Celador for Channel 4 TV Doctor Presenter of Turn Back Your Body Clock (8-episode series) Broadcast in UK, May -June 2006; Australia Channel 9, 2006; BBC America 2007, Canada W Network 2007, New Zealand TV3 2007, BBC Lifestyle Asia, Middle East 2010, educating the public to prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Promoting primary health prevention is more cost-effective than the cost of secondary care. How to combat the ‘couch-potato’ syndrome.

The tv series ‘Turn Back Your Body Clock’ allowed me to demonstrate that 8 patients can make dramatic health improvements with education and lifestyle changes alone. The series was televised world-wide. Mr SB was obese, hypertensive, smoked, drank and had a strong family history of heart disease. He was only in his 30s. With health education and understanding, he lost 4 stone in weight over 8 weeks, quit drinking and smoking, took up cardiovascular exercise and learned how to cook healthy mealsHis blood pressure, deranged liver enzymes and high cholesterol all normalised, and his risk of heart and liver disease declined dramatically. He enjoyed a ‘2nd honeymoon’ with his wife, received a work promotion and spends more time with his son, swimming and attending his son’s soccer games.

Interviewed by The Johns Hopkins University Alumni magazine, USA, Reality Doctor, Nov 2006. 'There are 24 million obese people in the UK," says Coales, "and 60 million in the U.S. The medical costs incurred by all those obese people are incredibly high, and heart disease, which is linked with obesity, is the number-one killer in both the U.S. and the UK. Health education is the best way to go. ...'

Interviewed by The British Medical Journal, 'Wanted Spunky TV Doctor', 17 June 2006 to discuss lifestyle changes and effects on longevity, the premise of the series.

Invited by Radio 2Chris Evans radio talk show, to discuss how one could lengthen one’s life by leading a healthy lifestyle, transmitted 23 May 2006.

Called on by BBC3 News to give a live tv interview on GPs' views on homeopathy, televised 26 August 2005.

Called on by BBC3 News to give a live tv interview on avian flu, televised 25 August 2005.

Called on by Sky News to give a live tv interview on why patients miss appointments and what we can do, televised 24 August 2005. Need for charging for DNAs to save the NHS £270 million per year.
Called on by the Daily Mirror newspaper to write an article on ‘getting the best from your GP’, printed 2005.
Called on by BBC Radio 4 You and Yours Live Interview on GPs and drug reps, transmitted 22 Nov 2004. GP Dr Una Coales contributes to this discussion on whether visits from drug reps really do influence the prescribing habits of doctors.

Called on by BBC Radio 4 You and Yours Interview on Self-Help Books to discuss how patients could also learn from self-help books, transmitted 18 March 2004.

Interviewed by the Daily Mail newspaper for advice to the public on viral sore throats, printed 11 November 2003.

C4 TV Doctor for Endemol's Fit Farm (12 weeks) March-May 2004. ‘The way to promote health education to the millions is through the power of television media.’


‘The odds are against them, but GPs can beat Jeremy Hunt.’ Indy Voices article, July 19, 2015.

September 3, 2014 Ranked 18 on Pulse GP magazine’s Power 50 GPs for 2014.

A ‘fearless radical’ for issuing a ‘clarion call for GPs to take industrial action to address rising workload in general practice and attempting to insert an emergency motion into the agenda at the BMA Annual Representative’s Meeting. Colleagues said she deserved recognition for fighting so long and hard for justice for international medical graduates’

‘Should we let GP practices fail?’ Pulse debate article 31 July 2014.

‘Bring back the spirit of ’66: the BMA must invite GPs to resign again’ Pulse article 9 May 2014. ‘It’s time for the BMA to ballot GPs, argues Dr Una Coales, before our workforce collapses under the strain.’

November 27, 2013 Made the HSJ’s 50 BME (black and minority ethnic) Pioneers 2013.

‘More than two-thirds of GPs think RCGP should change stance on assisted dying.’ Interviewed by Pulse.‘I think because we’re the Royal College of GPs rather than palliative care physicians – I don’t think we should voice an opinion. I think I would amongst the 30% in the middle supporting a neutral stance. I do empathise with those who are against it. It’s really difficult – I think that’s why GPs are all over the place. But the college shouldn’t actually oppose it – it’s too political.’20 November 2013.

November 9, 2013 Received the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Imran Yousaf Memorial Award 2013 for supporting IMG (international medical graduate) doctors.

Oct 2, 2013 Ranked 30 on Pulse GP magazine’s Power 50 GPs for 2013 as an Education Campaigner

‘GPC revises opposition to RCGP out-of-hours suggestion.’ Interviewed by Pulse. ‘Even if it’s the 5% - the elderly population is in millions. If you look at the American model and other countries’ model out of hours there is always a geriatrician to be in charge of care. GPs can’t be two roles – we can’t be a patient’s GP and a geriatrician out of hours.’ She said being selective about which patients receive out-of-hours care is morally wrong. ‘It’s also not fair with regard to equity. Morally it’s not right to preselect who should have care out of hours and who shouldn’t. Everybody in the NHS should be treated the same.’ 11 June 2013.

‘RCGP faces legal threat over international GP trainee failure.’ Interviewed by Pulse. ‘I am concerned there is a large difference in pass rates between UK and international graduates sitting an exam after three years of UK training.’ 13 November 2012.

Pulse based article on my blog entry. 30 May 2012. I will call on Council that College conducts an open SEA by a charity lawyer to prevent this mistake from happening again.

‘GP pay may be docked over pension action.’ Interviewed by Pulse. ‘I would not work on a day of industrial action.’ 23 May 2012.

‘Midwives aid flu vaccine uptake.’ Interviewed by Pulse. ‘Any strategy that can increase uptake rates will prevent deaths – and should be implemented.’ 23 May 2012.

‘Call for EU doctors to sit PLAB and IELTS.’ Conservative Health blog article. 29 January 2012.

Pulse article. ‘GPs must show more sympathy to patients with PIP implants.’ 26 January 2012.

Pulse Letter of the Week.  ‘Small and large GP groups must compete on a level playing field.’ 07 December 2011.

‘GPs see rise in patients asking about private healthcare’ Interviewed by Pulse. ‘GPs should be offering non-judgemental medical advice and not persuade or dissuade patients from seeking to self-pay or take out private health insurance. We should be empowering and helping our patients to make independent healthy choices and decisions regarding the management of their healthcare, and actively intervene if we find that a patient is at risk of serious harm or death.’ 01 December 2011.
‘GPs face ‘systematic bias’ from revalidation feedback as trial finds Asian doctors get lower score.’ Interviewed by Pulse on survey bias against locums and non-UK GPs. 28 October 2011.

Revalidation, must always be 2 years away. Conservative Health blog. 13 October 2011.
GPs call for ‘no claims bonus’ as medical defence fees soar. Interviewed by Pulse on drastic hike in MDO fees. 27 September 2011.

GPs criticise plans for GMC regulation of doctors’ private lives. Interviewed by Pulse.‘I do not think the GMC should get more involved in doctors’ lives, quite the reverse.’ 19 September 2011.

Ministers miss deadline to bring in English tests for EU doctors. Interviewed by Pulse. ‘As an American with English as a first language I had to take the professional and linguistics assessments board test when I came to this country in 1993.  I was shocked that EU nationals without English did not have to do the same and was sure this would cause problems.’ 16 May 2011.

Pulse article. ‘Break up the NHS Monopoly.’ 4 May 2011.

Pulse Letter of the Week. ‘Real NHS reform would ask patients to contribute.’ 15 April 2011.

BMJ Obituary. Dr Peter Gooderham 9 April 2011.

Pulse letter: ‘Revalidation is a costly madness.’ 16 February 2011.

Online wake pays tribute to popular former GP. Interviewed by Pulse. ‘He has served this country well and affected the lives of several hundred doctors selflessly with his medico-legal advice and clarity of thought and mind.’ 15 February 2011.

GP trainees struck by nightmare website failures.Interviewed by Pulse. ‘At a time when thousands of trainees nationally have to do their half year assessments or their end of year if they finish in February, it’s imperative that they fix the problem.’31 January 2011.

RCGP to investigate plunging pass rates. Interviewed by Pulse. ‘My concern is that we may be setting the bar too high.’12 October 2010.

Can we afford revalidation? Pulse Letter. 29 September 2010.

Dozens of sessional GPs stand for election to BMA committee. Interviewed by Pulse. ‘It will be great to have proper representation on the GPC..nowthat something like 20% of GPs are locums and 22% are salaried, it’s about time we had a proper say.’ 23 September 2010.

DH to scale back revalidation. Interviewed by Pulse on cost analysis of revalidation.‘ create a new expense when the Government is £1.4 trillion in debt?’ 7 July 2010.

Will revalidation ever happen? Pulse Letter of the Week. Revalidation too costly. 9 June 2010.

Call to alter responsible officer plans. Prompted a show of hands against revalidation.Featured in GP Healthcare Republic. 24 June 2010.

One in 20 doctors face investigation. Interviewed by Pulse. ‘Two days was not enough time to train the officers sufficiently. They have to be given longer. This is two days to potentially end someone’s career.’ 6 October 2009.

One GP in seven may be told to retrain. ‘It’s driven by hysteria’. Front page Pulse. April 2009.

Revalidation key in RCGP Presidential Race.GP Healthcare Republic.When considering revalidation, let us remember David Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine, and let decision-making be justified with evidence and not the political flavour of the day.’ 24 April 2009.

Save the profession from government interference. RCGP Presidential platform.Featured in GP Opinion, GP Healthcare Republic. April 2009.




Nationally elected to sit and serve on the British Medical Association Council from June 2014-2018. Ranked 3rd out of 58 candidates with over 600 votes from grassroots BMA members. Resigned on July 8, 2014 after feeling persecuted and intimidated by both the BMA Chair of Council and BMA Chief Executive. I refused to sign an extensive BMA confidentiality agreement as a formal undertaking and faced too many obstacles trying to put in a BMA emergency motion to ballot GPs on some form of industrial action against a financially unfeasible unilateral NHS GP contract that was bankrupting many GP practices across the UK.

2013-2014 Nationally elected to sit and serve on the BMA GPC Sessional GPs subcommittee. Ranked 1st in the national election.


2013-2014  RCGP NATIONAL COUNCIL REP, elected and seated as one of 6 reps. Resigned in 2014 in protest to the College handling of the CSA exam.

‘I would like to renew my term as your RCGP national council representative, to ensure fair treatment of doctors, correct any democratic deficits, and ensure College accountability and transparency. Members’ needs include faculty engagement in shaping all central College policies, not mere rubber-stamping, control of exam and membership fees to retain membership, a stronger voice for trainees and sessionals,  promoting GP partnerships and personal lists, maintaining GP autonomy against unreasonable political expectations (box-ticking exercises), mitigating CQC and revalidation hurdles, making College more relevant for members, and modernising College, giving 46,000 members the right to vote for their Chair.’ RCGP Council Member Ballot Statement May 2013.

May 2014. Resigned from the RCGP college council and from college membership in protest to the way the College handled the CSA exam controversy over large racial disparities in pass rates.

February 2014. Addressed the RCGP Council about the proposed SGM motion to forbid members from using the postnominal MRCGP after resignation from the College as the GMC viewed this as a qualification and not sign of membership. Asked what would the College do if a GP used the postnominal without paying fees? Also raised the need for a change to the code of conduct to be ratified at the Spring General Meeting May 16 2014 as it was being changed to apply to all college members and included a sanction to remove college membership. Raised questions as to whether one can remove a qualification by exam?

February 2014. Attended the RCGP Workshop to address College’s democratic deficit and voice members’ concerns.

November 2013. Reminded the Chair of the Trustee Board of the Charities Commission Guidance 26 on charities and risk management.

Asked the RCGP Council that Council Reps be able to see the College risk register and did it include building running costs, leasing and donation arrangements and the CSA legal challenge.

2012 Ranked 3rd out of 6 candidates in the RCGP President election, 2012. 

Highest ranking female GP candidate. 893 GPs voted for me for first preference for RCGP President.

Ranked 1st place out of 10 candidates in the RCGP National Council Rep election, with 823 GP votes for RCGP Nationally-Elected Council Representative for term 2012-2015.

AGM of 25 RCGP council GPs advised by RCGP leadership to accept my resignation despite withdrawing the letter 3 days after submission and expressing wish to serve to the AGM.

‘I would like to renew my term as your RCGP national council representative, to continue to ensure fair treatment of doctors, correct any democratic deficits, and ensure accountability and transparency. Members’ continuing needs include direct democratic engagement for true representation and belonging, reduction of exam and membership fees, a voice for AiTs andsessionals,  promoting GP partnerships, and a mitigating voice against unreasonable public and political expectations with pensions, bureaucratic burden, CQC and revalidation. I am also running for President to sit on the Council Executive Committee, the most senior decision-making body of College. You may vote on both ballots. RCGP Council Member ballot statement 2012.

2011-2012  Deputised for Chair Clare Gerada to represent the RCGP at the Department of Health Payment by Results. Clinical Advisory Panel meetings working on national primary care developments and tariff setting.

2009-2012 Runner-up in RCGP PRESIDENT Election out of 3 candidates, 2009. Highest ranking IMG GP candidate Received 1,163 GP votes for RCGP President.

RCGP Nationally-Elected Council Representative, seated 1st out of 21 candidates, with 898 GP votes (unpaid).

Suggestions for consideration, made to the Council Executive Committee and/or Council:

‘As a council member, I will represent the viewpoints of a burgeoning and diverse membership within Council, reduce fractionation and dissonance, facilitate problem-solving with the aim of preserving the integrity of our profession, whilst promoting clinical excellence in family medicine. Members’ immediate needs include college cost control, reduction of exam and membership fees, increase and protection of partnerships, a voice in revalidation, promulgation of a fair portrayal of GPs and mitigation of unreasonable public and political expectations. Foster inclusivity by democratic member involvement in key decision-making policies through polls, e-mails and post and we have a unified voiceRCGP Council Member ballot statement 2009.

June 2012. Supported RCGP Council Motion to grant the Chair and Deputy Chair of the AiT Committee, full Council rep status from observer status.

Called for independent SEA with charity lawyer to investigate initial President Election bans of 3 candidates.

An internal review by the trustee board will take place instead.

Suggested a Council Motion in order that 33 faculties may discuss the Health Bill prior to Council and their views be aired on Council by their faculty reps.

Suggested removal of PCT performer’s list criteria for fellowship application, as this would exclude independent GPs with MRCGP.

Three consecutive appraisals was accepted in lieu of being on the PCT performer’s list.

Advised and voted in support of the RCGP AiT Chair’s council motion Feb 2011 to ask ‘why there was a difference in CSA pass rates for white and non-white UK graduates?’

Raised awareness of Council Trustees’ collective liability.

Suggested cost-effective online ballot voting to improve voter-returns, which is now in effect. Found to be more effective for in-council voting.

Identified a council election error made in 2009 which was duly investigated with measures put in place to prevent recurrence.

Suggested for consideration, addition of brief CVs to allow the membership to make a fully informed decision on national council representatives.

RCGP are now offering national council candidates web-pages for their manifestos.

Suggested for consideration, proxy voting cards be sent with programmes for the AGM to allow jobbing GPs who can’t attend, their right to vote.

Suggested for consideration, those short-listed for executive seats be voted by the membership, not just those on council for democratic inclusivity.

Suggestion for consideration, addition of a back statement to the Capital Appeal.Now in place.

2006-2009  South London RCGP Faculty Hon. Treasurer, elected. Member of the Faculty Executive Committee (unpaid).

Acted as the main signatory to the Faculty’s bank account. Presented the accounts to the Board meetings and the AGM.

Ensured that monies are used in a manner keeping with the Faculty bye-laws, ordinances of the Council and Charities Commission regulations.

Raised the balance from £30k to £63k and funded the London Journal of Primary Care, annual free Faculty conference, free EASE educational meetings, RUG expenses for retired GPs, iMAP and faculty MRCGP courses, cash prizes to medical students, and 2 annual WONCA bursaries.

2005-2013  South London RCGP Faculty board member (unpaid).


2011-2012  Elected Secretary of Conservative Health (unpaid).

This role was declared as an interest in the annual RCGP declaration of interests.

Advising our Coalition government at Number 10 on government policies in relation to primary health care developments and comparisons with international health care delivery systems. Meetings held at Portcullis, House of Commons and at Number 10.

On 28 February, 2013, advised Cameron ‘to impose a duty of candour, to criminalise attempts by NHS chief executives and/or managers to defraud the NHS by fiddling with death rates, by dismissing patient safety concerns, or by threatening NHS whistleblowers, as guidance was not enough. It requires the law. And of the need for a regulatory body for chief executives and hospital managers.’ On 10 May 2013, government announced that hospitals would face unlimited fines if they fiddle death rate figures under new laws. On 16 November 2013, government proposed jail terms for health staff found guilty of ‘wilful or reckless neglect or mistreatment.’

On June 12, 2012, participated in a joint Conservative Health/GMC meeting to share GPs concerns and views on revalidation/remediation, malicious GMC referrals, testing of EU doctors, social media guidance and FGM.

I have been actively helping victims of the PIP implant fiasco by advising Sir Bruce Keogh (the medical director of the NHS) and number 10 and trying to seek a mutual solution.

I attempted to mitigate the animosity that arose between the RCGP and government over the RCGP’s strong views regarding the Health Bill, now Health Act, to try to preserve a working relationship between the College and government.

On March 13, 2012, as Secretary of Conservative Health, I met with Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee and discussed GP concerns with revalidation and 25 reasons to abolish revalidation.

On November 29, 2010, as an Executive Board member of Conservative Health, I met with Earl Howe, and discussed 18 reasons to abolish revalidation, a Labour legacy. The Coalition government delayed revalidation by a year.

2010-2012 Have worked with Sir Peter Bottomley MP and others helping NHS Whistleblowers against retribution and malicious GMC referrals or unjust employment actions.

Applied to be an MP on the Parliamentary List of Candidates with references from Sir Peter Bottomley MP and the Chair of Conservative Health in 2011.


Sept 2011-Sept 2012 Elected GP Chair of the Independent Doctors Federation GP Committee (unpaid).

As GP Chair of this national organization of private and private/NHS GPs, I chaired the GP meetings and presented to members at the annual AGM.

I have been commended for liaising with NHS hospitals in London to ensure all referring GPs receive a discharge letter or clinic letter when their NHS patients are seen in order to abide by the GMC guidance on patient care (this has been successfully implemented with new software at the Chelsea and Westminster and UCL Hospitals in London).

Worked with senior BUPA executives to ensure that GPs are not made obsolete and being bypassed in the new ‘open referral’ system.


2008-2010  Elected LMC rep for Lambeth.

Participated in interface between LMC and PCT.

Attended the annual LMC conference as a delegate from Lambeth LMC.Voted for motions on behalf of Lambeth GPs. Took a straw poll vote at conference with show of majority of delegates against revalidation.

Was listed on the GPC ballot for GPC negotiator at the annual LMC conference 2010.


2004-2014 GP educator,

Helped up to 4,000 UK and international GPs gain the MRCGP and MRCGP (INT).

Helped MRCGP GP returners prepare for and pass the AKT and Simulated Surgery exam hurdles to return to the NHS after a 2-year NHS break.

Helped GP partners and salaried GPs prepare for and pass the GMC Simulated Surgery assessments.


‘My motivation for writing all these medical books between 2001 and 2007 was to guide revision and make exams manageable for doctors with work and family commitments. Each book took 200 hours to write, often while working for the NHS as an SHO and mother of 3. One writes out of a need to help others struggling, so that future doctors are given the best opportunity to pass their exams.’

Coale, Una (2016) Financial Freedom for Doctors London:

Coales, Una (2011) How to lose weight the easy way London:,

Coales. U.F. (2010) Transition from Trainee to GP London:,

Coales, U.F. (2010) Dr Una Coales’s MRCGP CSA Book London:,,
2nd edition (2013).

Coales, U.F. (2010) Dr Una Coales’s MRCGP AKT Hot Topics Book London:,, 2ndedition (2011).

Coales, U.F. (2007)/Get Through nMRCGP: Applied Knowledge Test London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2006) Turn Back Your Body Clock. Headline Publishing.

Coales, U.F. (2006) Get Through PLAB: Single Best Answers London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2006) Get Through MRCGP: Written Paper Module London: RSM Press Ltd.

Highly Commended Book Award in the category of Primary Care, British Medical Association Medical Book Competition 2006

One highly commended prize was awarded to a general practice publication. The reviewer wrote that "this is a well organized and practical book which addresses a clear need. It is strongly focused on this particular examination and offers invaluable advice on question technique and answerTotal entries: 573 books for 2006.

Coales, U.F. (2005) Get Through MRCGP: Hot Topics London: RSM Press Ltd.

Highly Commended Book Award in the category of Primary Care, British Medical Association Medical Book Competition 2005. Praised by its reviewer as “not only useful for those revising for the MRCGP exams, but beneficial for all medical students and junior doctors facing their finals.” Total entries: 619 books for 2005.

Coales, U.F. (2004) Get Through MRCGP: Oral and New Video Modules London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2003) Get Through MRCGP: New MCQ Module London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2002) Get Through Medical School: 1000 SBAs/ BOFs and EMQs London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales. U.F. (2002) Get Through the MRCP Part 1: 1000 MCQs and BOFs London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2001) DRCOG: MCQs and OSCEs: How to pass first time London: RSM Press Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2001) PLAB 2: 100 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations London: RSM Ltd.

Coales, U.F. (2000) PLAB: 1000 Extended Matching Questions London: RSM Press Ltd.


‘My motivation for speaking to GP trainees was to inspire, give hope and provide concrete tips on how to survive the credit-crunch and lack of GP jobs.’

Coales, U.F. (2012) Invited to speak to the London Deanery Programme Directors Residential Conference, Cumberland Lodge.

Coales, U.F. (2010) “How to become a high income practice,’ Pulse Business Seminar, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2010) “Top tips to generate income as a GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2009) “25 Top tips to generate income as a GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2008) “Top tips to generate income as a GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2008) “Media GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2007) “Top tips to generate income as a GP”, guest speaker for EASE, The Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2007) “Media GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.

Coales, U.F. (2006) “Media GP”, guest speaker for ‘Life after GP Training,’ invited by the London Deanery GP Specialty Training, UK.


‘My motivation for writing the tips articles in BMJ Careers was to give advice in a bite-size manageable fashion for the busy GP’.

Coales, U.F. (2009) Tips on passing the nMRCGP.10-part series.Pulse online.

Coales, U.F. (2007) Career Pathways – From Surgery to General Practice.London Calling News and Views of the North East and South London Faculties of the Royal College of General Practitioners, XVII (1), 29-30.

Coales, U.F. (2005) Tips on passing oral exams.British Medical Journal Career Focus,

Coales, U.F. (2005) Tips on creating a website.British Medical Journal Career Focus

Coales, U.F. (2005) Tips on publishing a medical book.British Medical Journal Career Focus

Coales, U.F. (2004) How to deal with heartsink patients.British Medical Journal Career Focus

Coales, U.F. (2004) How to keep patient consultations to 7 minutes", British Medical Journal Career Focus

Coales, U.F. (2001) Supraglottitis complicated by mediastinitisThe Journal of Laryngology and Otology 115, 321-323.

Coales, U.F. (1999) Limitations of imaging for foreign bodies in parapharyngeal abscess and the importance of surgical exploration.The Journal ofLaryngology and Otology. 113, 683-685.