38. Dr Louise Irvine
Dr Louise Irvine was nominated by our panel for her work campaigning against the NHS reforms.
Dr Louise Irvine was nominated by our panel for her work campaigning against the NHS reforms. As a prominent member of the Drop the Bill campaign, the GP from Lewisham in south-east London took her protest to the streets, joining a demonstration on Westminster Bridge and then calling for a boycott of commissioning as part of a concerted wave of anti-privatisation protests.
Dr Irvine's head-to-head confrontation last year with then-BMA chair Dr Hamish Meldrum over the association's stance on the health bill earned her a nomination for Pulse's True Champion of General Practice award, and this April she won a seat on BMA Council – a prominent position from which she looks set to continue campaigning.