Former RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada among doctors elected to BMA council

Former RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada is among six GPs elected to BMA Council.

The outspoken critic of the current government who served as college chair from 2010 to 2013 said she was honoured to be elected to the union’s ruling body.

In her election statement Professor Gerada said the profession needed 'strong leaders to protect the values of a publically available and accountable NHS' and cited her leadership of the fight against the 2012 health and social care act.

GPs, she said, had had enough of being asked to do more for less. 'GPs need a new Charter – laying down what we are expected to deliver and infrastructure and financial resources we require', she added. 

GPC chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, and longstanding GPC member and former GPC executive member Dr Peter Holden retained their seats.

National Health Action party leading member and south London GP Dr Louise Irvine retained her council seat in the poll of BMA members which elected 18 council members to the body, which has 33 voting members.

Junior doctors’ leader Dr Johann Malawana was also re-elected.

RCGP spokesman, A&E doctor and GP Survival founding member Dr Hamed Khan was elected to the council for the first time. As was Liverpool LMC chairman Dr Rob Barnett.

In his election address Dr Khan cited the junior doctors' strikes as an example showing that with 'proactive direct action' doctors can resist the defunding, demoalisation and dismantling of the NHS.

Dr Barnett called for the profession to be 'forward thinking', to 'facilitate change which will improve conditions for our members, accepting that that will sometimes necessitate changes in the manner in which services will be delivered across primary and secondary care'.

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