RCGP update on Sultan of Brunei and 'Companion of the College' honour

Publication date: 11 April 2019

The RCGP has announced that its Fellowship and Awards Committee met this morning and 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.

"We ask for our members' support and forbearance over the coming days and will of course keep everyone updated as we follow our processes.

"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."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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