Health inequalities expert appointed new BMA president

Sir Michael Marmot has been appointed as the new president of the BMA at its Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Brighton.

Sir Michael succeeds Professor Averil Mansfield, who steps down after completing her one-year term as BMA president. 

'The theme I have chosen for my year as president is health inequalities and I hope to assist the BMA with its work in this area,' he said.

'Doctors are in a unique position to speak out for their patients and to call for more resources to be spent on preventing disease.'

Sir Michael is a world expert in health inequalities and the social determinants of health and has led a research group on this issue for the past 30 years.

He chaired the WHO Commission which produced its report in 2008 entitled 'Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on social determinants of health'.

He is also the director of the International Institute for Society and Health and a Medical Research Council research professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London.

In 2000, Sir Michael was knighted for services to epidemiology and understanding health inequalities.

Prof Mansfield will be remaining with the BMA as she takes over as chairman of the Board of Science.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Closed sign

GP contract changes 'could lead to more practice closures'

Changes to the GP contract for 2023/24 could lead to more practice closures and more...

Talking General Practice

Podcast: Will GPs take industrial action, patientsā€™ views on the NHS, junior doctor dispute

The team looks at whether GPs will be prepared to take industrial action and the...

GP at desk

GPs to 'exception report' appointments booked over two weeks ahead

GP practices will be able to 'exception report' appointments booked deliberately...

GP sign

Contract update hands practices just six weeks to agree access improvement plans

GP practices have just six weeks to agree access improvement plans covering patient...

GP appointment

GP anger over last-minute release of contract detail for 2023/24

GP leaders have hit out at NHS England after it waited until just two days before...

GP consulting room

GP appointments surge 10% above pre-pandemic level

GP practices in England delivered 10% more appointments in February this year compared...