The British Medical Association has today announced that Dr Chaand Nagpaul will become the next BMA council chair. Dr Nagpaul will take over the post from Dr Mark Porter, whose five-year term as chair ends on Thursday 29 June 2017.
Dr Nagpaul has been a GP for the past 27 years and is a senior partner in his practice in Stanmore, North London. He is currently chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) having been elected to this position in 2013. He has been a member of the GPC since 1996 and was a member of its UK negotiating team between 2007 and 2013. Dr Nagpaul is also Chairman of his local BMA Division.
Dr Nagpaul has been a Local Medical Committee (LMC) member for more than 25 years and vice-chairman for the past 12. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a past member of its Council. In 2015 Dr Nagpaul was awarded a CBE for his services to primary care. Commenting on his appointment, Dr Nagpaul said:
“It is a tremendous privilege and honour to represent the medical profession as BMA council chair. The challenges facing doctors and the health service in which we work have never been greater. Doctors are at the sharp end of chronic underfunding, staff shortages and rising demand on the NHS, and see firsthand the devastating impact these pressures have on patient care. I will work to ensure that the BMA supports doctors facing these pressures, and will lead the charge for an NHS that is properly resourced by the next government, so that doctors can provide the safe, high-quality care patients deserve. I want to pay tribute to the hard work and leadership of my predecessor, Dr Mark Porter. The BMA has always proven itself to be a strong, independent voice for both doctors and the patients we serve and with the NHS at breaking point, this is more important now than ever in holding politicians to account. I look forward to continuing with this vital work at a pivotal time for doctors across the profession and for the NHS as a whole.”