Next BMA chairman almost certain to be a GP

The next chairman of the BMA looks set to be a GP, with the contest between only two candidates.

Applications to stand were closing as GP went to press. GPC chairman Hamish Meldrum was still the only challenger to acting BMA chairman Dr Sam Everington.

Dr Everington became acting chairman when James Johnson stood down amid controversy in May, citing unhappiness within the BMA over a letter he wrote to The Times about the Medical Training Application System.

Dr Everington, an east London GP and Yorkshire GP Dr Hamish Meldrum will face a vote by BMA Council members at the BMA's Annual Representatives' Meeting in Torquay, Devon, at the end of this month.

Both are remaining tight-lipped about their campaigning differences.

The winner is expected to be unveiled on Thursday 28 June.

The leadership race is likely to be a hot talking point at this week's LMCs representatives' conference in London on Thursday and Friday.

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