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BMA council deputy chair candidates announced

Three doctors are standing for the role of deputy chair of BMA council, the association announced today.

The candidates are Cheshire retired GP Kailash Chand, London specialty trainee 6 in anaesthesia Tom Dolphin, and Birmingham GP Fay Wilson.

BMA council members will now vote for their preferred candidate.

Dr Chand’s election statement to council members says: ‘The NHS [and] the BMA are both in for an unprecedented change in the coming years…

‘I have a strong understanding of the challenges facing the NHS in the next decade, and I am able to devote my time to promoting policies agreed by UK council, both within the BMA but also externally.’

Dr Dolphin’s statement says: ‘I believe that the chair of council needs a strong deputy who can provide support and advice, and stand in when required on any issue.

‘The deputy chair role requires energy, imagination, calm and tact, and I have all of these to offer in the service of the BMA, and more.’

In her statement, Dr Wilson says: ‘I’m hard-working, flexible and have decks cleared for action. I will fill gaps and bridge divides, stand in and stand up, chair meetings and table papers, speak up and speak out.

‘My vision is for the BMA to work better, be stronger and achieve more.’

Ballot papers have been sent to the members of BMA Council with a deadline of 12 noon on August 31.