GP stands against consultants to become next BMA chairman

Three doctors including one GP are standing in the vote to replace the chairman of the BMA, GP Dr Hamish Meldrum.

Dr George Rae is standing against two consultants to become the next BMA chairman.
Dr George Rae is standing against two consultants to become the next BMA chairman.

Today, the BMA announced the three candidates standing for election on Thursday, June 28, are chairman of the BMA's consultant committee Dr Mark Porter, Tyne and Wear GP and former member of the BMA Council, Dr George Rae, and Professor Michael Rees, Bangor University’s director of medical development and chairman of the BMA Academic Staff Committee.

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 election will take place at a Council meeting which is due to be held immediately after the Annual Representative Meeting ends on Thursday June 28. 

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

The chairman 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.

Candidates' statements are due to be available on the BMA website shortly.

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