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Chand elected deputy BMA chair on anti-NHS reforms platform

Exclusive: Retired GP Dr Kailash Chand has been voted in as deputy chair of BMA Council saying his priorities would be improve funding for revalidation and represent a united voice on the Government's health reforms.

Dr Chand was voted in ahead of GP Dr Fay Wilson and chair of the junior doctors committee Dr Tom Dolphin. He will deputise for Dr Mark Porter, the Coventry consultant who was voted chair of council this year.

He told Pulse: ‘There are so many huge issues for the whole BMA, and not just the individual crafts, from NHS reforms to pensions to GP contracts,' Dr Chand said.

‘The only way we can move forward is if we keep council united, irrespective of any craft interest. I will concentrate my efforts on having a united voice.'

He added that council was ‘opposed to the NHS reforms' but had not been able to date to communicate that ‘unitedly'.

Dr Chand said he will also focus on revalidation – which is ‘counter-productive without resources being put it - and giving a greater voice to staff and associate specialist doctors in council.