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GP seeks to stiffen BMA's leadership

A GP has launched a challenge for the leadership of the BMA amid demands for the association to stiffen its opposition to the Government's NHS reforms.

Dr George Rae, secretary of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, will today face a run-off against current BMA chair Mr James Johnson and Sati Ari-yanayagam, a consultant.

Dr Rae's move came after doctors at the association's annual representatives meeting in Belfast backed a motion accusing the leadership of 'failing patients, the profession and the country'.

The representatives' motion labelled the BMA's position 'not powerful enough' and in-

sisted it adopt 'a policy of

active opposition and proper scrutiny'.

Dr Rae, a former chair of the BMA's representative body, said the BMA needed to reflect the uneasiness many doctors felt about the Government's reforms.

He told Pulse: 'There are a lot of people who think it's gone too far. It has got to be pulled back a bit and the right balance has to be achieved. It's time we said this is what the BMA stands for.'

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GPC member and GP in Stanmore, Middlesex, said the BMA had to be 'far more robust'.

He said: 'It would be folly if the BMA were to continue along its softly-softly path.'

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