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BMA elects GP NHS campaigner as new deputy chair

The BMA Council has elected NHS campaigner and GP Dr David Wrigley to succeed Dr Kailash Chand as deputy chair.

The Carnforth, Lancashire, GP told Pulse he would call on his long experience as a GPC member in his new role.

Dr Wrigley is also chair the Medical Practitioners Union of Unite the Union, a spokesperson for the non-partisan Keep Our NHS Public campaign group and was a contributor to the book NHS SOS,  which he says 'outlines how the NHS has been betrayed by politicians, the media and NHS leads'.

Dr Wrigley, who has previously said heallth secretary Jeremy Hunt is out to 'destroy' the NHS, told Pulse his ambition as deputy chair would be 'to ensure NHS as a whole is defended, and that it receives the funding it needs'.

Asked what specifically he wants to achieve for general practice, Dr Wrigley said that although the deputy chair role is 'broader than that', he would 'obviously, as a GP, bring that experience to the role'.

Dr Chand, a retired GP and Labour Party campaigner, has been deputy BMA chair since 2012.

He was among the first people to congratulate his successor:

 

Readers' comments (8)

  • nhs is unique british world class achievement which usa has been trying to copy for decades even on a limited scale .. SUPPORT THE GOOD PATIENTS GOOD DOCTORS GOOD HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO PROVIDE LIFE SAVING NHS SERVICES ..POLITICAL MASTERS SHOULD ADOPT SELF DIRECTING CRITICAL SELF APPRAISALS AND SWAT ANALYSIS ..PLEASE .. BMA has been champions of UK PATIENTS SERVICES ..MAY LONG THAT CONTINUE ..BY GODS GRACE .. GOD SAVE OUR NHSERVICES ..GOD SAVE THE QUEEN ..

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  • Oh dear. Some naive people, who pay the BMA's wages, think the BMA is a union to look after doctors' interests.

    It's no secret why GPs have been so shafted in recent years, as their "union" regards itself as the guardian of the NHS and not the guardian of doctors.

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  • A reasonable relationship between GPs and the NHS is no longer possible. Sorry but it isn't. Its no longer the 1980s-90s. The privatisation of the NHS will continue in its subtle manner and Doctors will continue to glide naively into their de-professionalised future. At the moment we are clinicians - soon we will all be salaried "skilled workforce". And the profession of medicine as has been understood for years will have tiptoed away.

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  • to practice manager 2:38
    Fair points but one generalisation: lumping "doctors" together. The BMA is a consultant-led (unreformed) trade union that has consistently ignored general practice. They would fight tooth and nail to safeguard the privileges enjoyed by our hospital colleagues, but they consider as too generous the 11% of the total NHS budget allocated to general practice.
    The great enigma is why GPs are still subscribing to the BMA after being let down so many times.

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  • The prime problem with the BMA. They do not realise that when they take our money, they represent the doctors, not the NHS.
    It is because the BMA actually represents the NHS that doctors end up seeing 50+ patients a day and junior doctors do 91 hours a week and have to ask colleagues for a swap because they are rostered to work on their wedding day . [ see the last BMJ ].

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  • David is a friend and former colleague and I am sure he will be diligent and conscientious in his new role.He has,however, been open and honest about his radical Left wing agenda (public in his praise of Corbyn).As noted above, BMA members need to decide whether they are an ideology-driven trade union seeking the downfall of the current Government, or an organisation that sees its main priority being the furtherance of the terms and conditions of employment of its members.

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  • GALS N GUYS- bma is all we humbles got .. of course -bma hiearchy are NOT DO N DIE SOLDIERS ..BMA MASTERS ALL ARE MEDICO-POITICIANS ..GOD BLESS THEM .. but we the footsoldiers of NHS must carry on -DO N DIE .. TO ALL TH HONEYBEES of NHS - good PATIENTS NEED YOU ..

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