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What GPs want from the next BMA chair

Dr Fay Wilson, Birmingham GP and chair of 2007 LMCs conference

'We now need someone witha steady hand who is not likelyto have a sudden bright idea and forge ahead on their own. We don't need an inspirational leader, but someone who works ina collegiate fashion, shares ideas and consults across disciplines. They must take a strong lead but not create a large distance from their membership.'

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GP in Stanmore, Middlesex, and chair of BMA commissioning services development subcommittee

'Doctors are extremely angry with the Government, which has pushed through changes without consultation and without heedof our warnings. A future leader must ensure that this anger is emphatically carried to the Government.'

Dr Eric Rose, GP in Milton Keynes and GPC member

'My money is with Hamish – he has the right qualities for this time. He is a good unifier an he listens. He may sometimes seem quiet but in private meetings with the Government he can be very firm. He also presents himself extremely well publicly.'

Dr Charles Simenoff, GP in Manchester and executive member of Manchester LMC

'It is easy to forget the chair owes their position to the membership and if you lose touch with them you lose their confidence. For example, I don't remember seeing Johnson at GPC meetings – I would have expected him to come. We need someone who knows all crafts. Hamish would be an excellent chair.'

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