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Mark Porter re-elected as BMA council chair

ARM 2016 Mark Porter Speech
PORTER: 'a tremendous privilege' to represent doctors

BMA council chair Mark Porter has been re-elected for a further year.

In a BMA council meeting following the annual representative meeting in Belfast, Dr Porter, a consultant anaesthetist in Coventry, was returned to office until 2017, when his maximum five-year term will be completed.

Dr Porter said: ‘It is a tremendous privilege to represent the profession for another year as BMA council chair.

‘The challenges facing doctors and the health service we cherish have never been greater. Doctors are at the sharp end of the impact of chronic underfunding, staff shortages and rising demand on the NHS.

‘Over the past year, and in the face of difficult contract negotiations, the BMA has proven itself to be a strong, independent voice not only for the medical profession, but for the patients we serve.

‘I look forward to continuing with this vital work at a pivotal time for doctors from across the profession and for the NHS as a whole.’

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