Exclusive: Consultant Dr Mark Porter is favourite to replace GP Dr Hamish Meldrum as BMA chairman

The chairman of the BMA's consultant committee Dr Mark Porter is favourite to become the BMA's next chairman, replacing GP Dr Hamish Meldrum.

Dr Mark Porter is favourite for next BMA chairman
Dr Mark Porter is favourite for next BMA chairman

Current chairman and GP Dr Hamish Meldrum’s five-year term is set to come to an end at this month’s annual representatives’ meeting (ARM) in Bournemouth, Dorset, beginning 25 June.

The closing date for applications to replace Dr Meldrum is today and it is understood that one of the candidates is Dr Porter, a consultant obstetric anaesthetist at the University Hospital, Coventry.

A source on the BMA Council told GP that Dr Porter is well liked and put his name forward several weeks ago.

The names of all candidates are due to be released officially on Monday, a BMA spokeswoman has confirmed.

If there is more than one candidate, an election is due to held on 28 June at the end of the BMA’s ARM at the Bournemouth International Centre. Only voting members of the BMA Council are eligible to vote.

It had been assumed that Dr Porter would be elected unopposed but sources close to GP Dr George Rae, a Tyne and Wear GP, member of BMA Council and star of BBC1's Street Doctor, say he may also throw his hat into the ring. Dr Rae was unavailable for comment.

The successful candidate is due to officially take over at the first Council meeting on 18 July.

The chair is elected for a minimum of three years and they can be elected annually for a maximum term of five years. Dr Meldrum has been chairman of BMA Council since June 2007.

Dr Porter was unavailable for comment.

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