Gerada to make medicine 'fun' if elected to BMA Council
Professor Clare Gerada has pledged to help improve the working lives of doctors and deal with the ‘unfinished business’ of the NHS reforms, if she is successful in her bid for election onto BMA Council.
The former RCGP chair told Pulse that she would ‘bring fun back into medicine’ if elected as a member of BMA Council in March.
Nominations opened for the 18 places on BMA Council last week, with those elected serving a four-year term from July.
Professor Gerada stood down as chair of RCGP in November and recently took on a role as clinical chair for primary care transformation in London, although her recent suggestion that all GPs should become salaried proved unpopular.
She said: ‘I am standing[…] because there are things that I would like to help change. I think we need to improve the working lives of training grade doctors who work in hospitals. We have a culture of fear now in medicine juxtaposed with a culture of compassion that doctors are meant to espouse.
‘I want to help bring the fun back into medicine. There is also the unfinished business with the NHS reforms and I would like to be in a position to help shape the NHS in a positive way as a public service.’
The BMA council plays a role in administering the association’s affairs and making and implementing policy. The closing date for nominations is 7 February at 4pm, and voting will open in the week beginning 17 March.