41. Dr David Wrigley
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Dr Wrigley reveals his hero is none other than Jeremy Hunt. Not in the usual sense, though. Dr Wrigley ‘praises’ Mr Hunt for ‘uniting and politicising the medical profession over cuts to the NHS like no other politician has before’.
It’s this passion for the NHS (and perhaps the dislike for Mr Hunt) that earned the Lancashire GP, who is also a Lancashire and Cumbria GPC representative, a host of nominations from fellow GPs, who described him as ‘tirelessly campaigning for general practice’.
He is well-known for being chair the Medical Practitioners Union of Unite the Union, a spokesperson for the non-partisan Keep Our NHS Public campaign group and a contributor to the book NHS SOS, which he says ‘outlines how the NHS has been betrayed by politicians, the media and NHS leads’.
But he is about to really make waves across the medical profession as he takes the helm as BMA deputy chair.
Elected only last month he told Pulse he would call on his long experience as a GPC member in his new role and his ambition is ‘to ensure NHS as a whole is defended, and that it receives the funding it needs’.
Why influential: Anti-privatisation campaigner now at the top of the BMA
Surprising fact: Left school at 16 and spent five years as clerk and cashier at Barclays in Blackpool