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Consultant Mark Porter elected as BMA council chair

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Coventry consultant anaesthetist Mark Porter has been chosen as BMA council chair.

Dr Porter said the council’s work on pensions had shown how effectively it could work together as a team and said to continue this effective leadership he needed the council’s ‘passion, your advice and most of all your membership of the team’.

Dr Porter also said: ‘I have an unconditional belief in the importance of the NHS to doctors, to patients and to society.’

He was elected by the BMA council in a three-way contest at the BMA annual representative meeting in Bournemouth today.

Dr Porter takes over from Yorkshire GP Hamish Meldrum, who served the maximum five years as chair.