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20 GPs elected for BMA council roles

Twenty GPs have been elected to the BMA council for 2018-2022, including current GP Committee chair and the ex-chair of the RCGP.

Of the 64 newly-elected council members nearly one third were GPs, and included GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey, ex-chair of the RCGP Professor Clare Gerada and Tower Hamlets LMC chair Dr Jackie Applebee.

GPC clinical and prescribing policy lead Dr Andrew Green was also elected.

A BMA spokesperson said: ‘It is encouraging to see a higher proportion of female members of council compared to previous elections. Congratulations to the successful candidates, who will start in post in late June’.

The full list of GP members elected onto the BMA Council

Professor Clare Gerada – London

Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer – East

Dr Peter JP Holden – East Midlands

Dr George Rae – North East

Dr Rob Barnett – North West

Dr Alex Freeman – South Central

Dr Helena Mckeown – South West

Dr David Craigmyle – South West

Dr Mary Mccarthy – West Midland

Dr Pooja Arora – West Midland

Dr Krishna Kasareneni – Yorkshire

Dr Iain Kennedy – Scotland

Dr David Wrigley – North West 

Dr Richard Vautrey – Yorkshire

Dr Sam Everington – London

Dr Christine Clayton – South East Coast

Dr Andrew Green – Yorkshire

Dr Jackie Applebee – London

Dr Louise Irvine – London

Dr Kailash Chand – North West


Readers' comments (4)

  • It would be good to know how many of the elected GPs actually work regularly in primary care. How many sessions they do a week.

    A lot of our representatives now on the BMA and LMCs are portfolio GPs who do not really understand the pressures. And are making decisions for us.

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  • well, I do. Just got back from a 12 hour shift in east London. Same again tomorrow. And i also do at least standard GP sessions per week, and 4 sick doctor ones. i qualify as being a grass roots GP?

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  • Vinci Ho

    You see
    While I congratulate you guys got elected to represent us , the breaking news is our Home Secretary, poor Amber , resigned , just as I wrote a few days ago that the Windrush Scandal was the last nail in the coffin.
    There is an extraordinary and historically unique situation where a weak prime minister is being held in ransom by a group of aggressive far right colleagues in her cabinet and party . The only sanctuary she could find was the one guarded by her Home Secretary , her own successor of same position before taking the helm of the government. Now her own ‘legacies’ on immigration during that period of time as the Home Secretary will be well exposed for public scrutiny. We had our own taste of this obsession in immigration when we had to fight the ridiculous decision to deport Dr Luke Ong for a slightly late visa application.
    My point is our old enemy has now become very dysfunctional, delusional and disorganised. The prime minister might even have to consider her position soon . Of course , the caveat then could be a government led by a group of hard core Brexiteers. The other possibility is obviously another early general election.
    Whatever the political circumstances will become , we need to be absolutely sure and unshaken about what we want to fight for against our enemy .
    Adding even more oddities to this unique time of history at the 70th birthday of NHS , we also have a longest serving health secretary who used to ‘win’ 220,000 votes of no confidence, suddenly found his ‘soul’ wanting to be the good guy . He supported a review of the GMC’s actions on Dr BG , stood side by side with the shadow health secretary supporting actions to support alcoholic parents and their children (Jon Ashworth was one himself) and also pledged new legislation to protect children from harm’s way on internet. Most importantly, the health secretary changed his narrative and admitted that NHS does need new cash injection , hence , supporting a cross-party group to propose a new way to fund NHS through taxation, for instance.
    My guess (correct me if I am wrong ) is our beloved Agent Hunt no longer wants to remain as an agent and fancy ‘going out with bang’ . What’s next ? Well ,he is now officially supporting leaving EU and his ‘success’ to survive all these criticisms and controversies throughout his reign , is a merit of being a strong politician (at least in the eyes of some media ). Who would you want to be the next prime minister? Mr Rees-Mogg ? Mr Johnson?? Or Mr Hunt ???
    Watch the space , folks , one day of politics is too long . Perhaps , there is no such thing called ‘friends or foes’ in politics , especially if there is a political bargaining right In front of you . I let you guys in BMA to think about these with your wit.......

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Doesn't matter: nothing will change.
    I'm outta it anyway.

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