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GP elected as new BMA leader in Scotland

By Steve Nowottny

Dr Brian Keighley, a GP from Balfron in Stirlingshire, has been elected as the new chair of BMA Scotland.

A senior figure in medico-politics who has served on the BMA's UK Council, the General Medical Council and as chair of the Scottish GP committee from 1995-1998, Dr Keighley has been Deputy Chairman of the BMA's Scottish Council since 2007.

Dr Keighley said: ‘I am proud to have been given the great honour to represent and lead my profession in Scotland. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of Dr Peter Terry who has so ably led the profession through interesting and challenging times.'

He added: ‘My first duty is to ensure that his good work continues. Scotland's NHS faces a great number of challenges in the coming years. Increasing financial pressures will make it ever more important for Government and NHS managers to work with the medical profession to ensure that the range of high quality services that Scottish patients deserve is maintained.'

Dr Sally Winning, a staff grade psychiatrist from Aberdeen, and Dr Charles Saunders, a consultant in public health medicine in Fife, were elected as joint deputy chairmen of the BMA's Scottish Council.

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