The chair of the Royal College of GPs is generally not a high profile role: but Professor Steve Field has barely left the television studio this year as his calm perspective is called on in numerous debates about swine flu and other health scares.

He has also raised concerns about out of hours services and “flying doctors”. He is the acceptable face of general practice who does not rant. Quietly banging the drum for GPs while accepting some policy has to change, he is also a fellow of the NHS leadership council.