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Mark Porter voted chair of BMA

Looks set to continue battle over UK doctors’ pensions and NHS reform

Mark Porter - BMA chairThe British Medical Association (BMA) has voted in Dr Mark Porter as its new chair, replacing Dr Hamish Meldrum.

Dr Porter (pictured) starts his new position during a turbulent for doctors in the UK, with the BMA having recently implemented a day of strike action to oppose the coalition government's plans to change doctors' pensions to make them contribute more and work for longer.

Such debate looks set to continue under Dr Porter, with the new chair already calling for an urgent meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley the same day the organisation's members backed more action if the dispute was not resolved.

Dr Porter will also have to lead the BMA during the implementation of controversial NHS reforms outlined by Lansley in his Health and Social Care Bill.

In his former position as chair of BMA Consultants Committee, Dr Porter backed the BMA's vehement opposition to the Bill, describing it as “447 pages of unintelligible red tape” during a conference in March 2012.

In the same speech, Dr Porter also described the coalition government as “belligerent and obstinate” based on its decisions concerning both pensions and NHS reforms.

In addition to his role as BMA chair, Dr Porter also practises as a consultant anaesthetist in Coventry, specialising in obstetric anaesthesia.

He has previously been a clinical director and chaired the Junior Doctors Committee of the BMA.

2nd July 2012

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