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Consultant Mark Porter elected as BMA council chair

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.