Dr David Wrigley elected BMA deputy chair for second time

Lancashire GP Dr David Wrigley has been elected deputy chair the BMA for a second time, after previously holding the post in 2016/17.

Dr Wrigley, a staunch campaigner against NHS privatisation who has warned that the rise of accountable care or integrated care organisations in the NHS could push general practice over a 'cliff edge', is also chair of the Doctors in Unite/Medical Practitioners Union.

The campaigning GP has previously accused the government of starving the NHS of funds, and is the co-author of two books about the NHS, 'NHS for Sale' and 'NHS SOS'.

Dr Wrigley told GPonline: 'I’m really pleased to have been elected deputy chair by my council colleagues and look forward to working closely with Dr Chaand Nagpaul.

Representing doctors

'I am quite clear that in this role I’m representing all types and grades of doctors plus medical students.

'The immediate BMA priority is to look at our response to the latest body blow doctors received with the government ignoring the DDRB recommendations. Junior doctors and consultants have been given a 6 month pay freeze. GPs have received 2% but it goes nowhere near the 20% plus all doctors have seen in pay cuts since 2010.

'It’s time the government recognised that doctors will not stand for this and they need to urgently address the situation.'

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