The British Medical Association has announced Paul Flynn, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Swansea, has been elected as new chair of its consultants committee

Dr Flynn, who was elected unopposed at a meeting of the committee today, replaces Mark Porter, who was elected chair of the BMA Council earlier this year.

“This is a particularly challenging time for consultants,” said Dr Flynn. “We’re facing several attacks on our terms and conditions, not just the pensions changes, but also the threat of regional pay.

“Meanwhile, maintaining quality services for our patients is growing increasingly difficult as we deal with huge financial pressures and, in England, unwelcome structural change.

“I want to ensure consultants’ voices continue to be heard, no matter how uncomfortable it may be for those listening.”

The deputy chairs of the committee were also named as Sara Hedderwick, a consultant specialising in infectious disease in Belfast, and Tom Kane, a consultant radiologist in Blackpool.

A third deputy chair will be elected by the time of the next Consultants Committee meeting.