RCGP committee votes to rescind honour bestowed on Brunei Sultan


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced that its Fellowship and Awards Committee has made a unanimous recommendation to withdraw the 'Companion of the College' honour from the Sultan of Brunei.

The recommendation will now be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the College's Trustee Board next Wednesday (17 April) and Council members will then be asked to confirm their support for the decision.

RCGP Chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: "We fully understand that our members want rapid action and a clear decision on this and we are working as fast as we practically can to deliver this.

"The fact that we are calling an extraordinary meeting of our Trustee Board shows the level of our concern on this issue,” she said.

She asked for members' support and forbearance over the coming days.

"Meanwhile, we reiterate that we categorically condemn the recent change in the laws in Brunei and are proud to be a diverse and inclusive College that values our large and vibrant LGBTQ+ community," she said. 

The College came under significant pressure last week to rescind the honorary title of 'Companion of the College' following a petition started by GP trainee Dr Hollie Rolland and signed by more than 4,000 supporters.