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Six GPs elected to serve on BMA Council

Six GPs have been elected to the BMA council for 2016-2018, including an ex-chair of the RCGP and the current GPC chair.

Of the 18 newly-elected council members, the six successful GPs included ex-chair of the RCGP Professor Clare Gerada, GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, ex-GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden, National Health Action Party candidate Dr Louise Irvine, RCGP and GP Survival spokesperson Dr Hamed Khan and Liverpool GP Dr Rob Barnett.

Dr Sundeep Grewal, who previously appeared on Question Time and is now a GP registrar was also elected. Other big names elected include Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA Junior Doctors committee and leader of the BMA’s fight against the junior doctor contract imposition.

Over 20 GP candidates were up for election for the BMA council, the highest decision making body in the organisation.

Dr Khan - a member of Pulse’s ‘Next Generation Panel’ - told Pulse that he is ‘absolutely delighted and humbled by the huge support that I’ve had from GPs of all ages and stages in their career’.

‘This set of council elections has seen far greater engagement from GPs and other doctors because of the various crises that the NHS is going through both with respect to the junior doctors’ contract and with respect to various flawed policies that the government has either implemented or is trying to implement in general practice,’ he added.

His aim on the BMA council is to ‘put in absolutely every ounce of effort and energy that I can into reversing the current state of play… the Government is continually underfunding general practice - we only receive about 7% of the NHS budgetary pie, although we provide about 90% of its care.’

Professor Clare Gerada tweeted that after her election, she now wanted to ‘bring back time, space and fun into medicine’.

The full list of members elected onto the BMA Council:

Dominic Aubrey-Jones – Medical Student, North West

Dr Philip James Banfield – Consultant, Wales

Dr Rob Barnett – GP, North Western

Dr Andrew Collier – Junior Doctor, North Western

Dr Peter Curry – Other, Scotland

Dr Thomas Dolphin – Consultant, London

Dr Helen Fidler – Consultant, London

Professor Clare Gerada – GP, London

Dr Sundeep Grewal – Junior Doctor, Eastern

Dr Peter Holden – GP, Derbyshire

Dr Louise Irvine – GP, London

Dr Hamed Khan – GP, London

Dr Johann Malawana – Junior Doctor, Eastern

Dr Chaand Nagpaul – GP, Eastern

Dr Kevin O’Kane – Consultant, London

Dr Clive Peedell – Consultant, North Eastern

Professor Wendy Savage – Retired gynaecologist, London

Dr Stephen J Watkins – Public Health Medicine, North Western

Readers' comments (16)

  • Let's hope the survival of the NHS doesn't come before the survival of Doctors.

    Expressed as someone with extreme left wing leanings but desperate to restore the professionalism of our wonderful vocation.

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  • i can not wait to leave and i'm only in my 40s.

    i just see the same old status quo or turkeys voting for xmas.

    i'm sorry but those who voted deserve all the pain they are going to get.

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  • Nhsfatcat

    Good. I'm looking forward even more to the LMC conference

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  • Dr Malanawana and a couple of youngsters apart, this is a rogues gallery of the usual older bores

    I'd like to say Bore Off but some might consider it rude

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  • welcome back Dr Holden!!

    - anonymous salaried!

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  • Harley Thespaniel

    Didn't vote for any of these

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  • No shame! is it just too hard to give up the feeling of power

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  • Good to see some new faces amongst the familiar.

    I hope the newbies dont become jaded with the realisation that in the UK democracy and representation largely play a secondary role to the agendas of the politicians and lobby groups , still dont let that put you off all the jollies you will be exposed to paid for by your dear membership!!

    the status quo wont change and the same old tired haggard faces of cardigans past and present seem remain despite the will amongst the grass roots for real change.

    UK where did it all go so very wrong? general practice looked so promising only a few short years ago.... now anyone with any brains can see the future is lost, getting worse and only empty platitudes about "making fun again" as the ammo and pledge to take things back to where thy should be...

    Donal trump - "make america great again"

    prof CG - "make GP fun again"!

    we live in intresting times indeed.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Congratulations to all the candidates who were elected - and also to those who stood for election but who were unsuccessful. It's a shame though that the voting rate was so low. The BMA should look to see how they can increase voting rates. Electronic voting might help. Reducing the number of candidates who can stand by requiring candidates to get nominations from a greater number of BMA members might also help.

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  • Vinci Ho

    My LMC secretary is surprised that he gets elected because we both agreed before the election that it would have been all about the young colleagues .....

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