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Scot and NI chairs to jointly lead BMA’s UK GP Committee

Scot and NI chairs to jointly lead BMA’s UK GP Committee

The BMA’s GP Committee for the UK (GPCUK) has elected Dr Alan Stout and Dr Andrew Buist as its new co-chairs.

The BMA announced the two appointments today, with Dr Stout and Dr Buist to succeed previous chair Dr Phil White, who is also the former chair of GPC Wales.

Dr Stout is a GP partner in Belfast and current chair of GPC Northern Ireland and Dr Buist is a GP partner in Perthshire and chair of GPC Scotland.

They were elected unopposed and take office with immediate effect, the BMA said.

The two new co-chairs will represent GPs on BMA Council and’ coordinate action on issues facing GPs across the UK’, with a ‘key priority’ of ‘further reforming GPC UK so it is best equipped to deliver for BMA members’, it added.

Dr Stout said: ‘This is a critical time for general practice and for our NHS. We are fully committed to ensuring very strong pan-UK representation to protect our GP workforce and ultimately our patients.’

Dr Buist added: ‘We have reached a crisis point for general practice and the NHS. Much has been devolved but we still need strong links across the four nations to share understanding and the solutions to recovery.’

Dr Stout was also elected to the BMA’s UK Council in April to represent GPs in Northern Ireland.