Three GPs are in the running to lead the British Medical Association when Sir Alexander Macara steps down as chair of its governing council today after five years in the post.

Although other candidates may still put their names forward up to the start of the council meeting, it looks as though the race will be between Ian Bogle, Jane Richards and Judy Gilley.

Dr Bogle was chair of the BMA's general medical services committee, which negotiates on behalf of GPs, from 1992 to 1997.

Dr Richards chaired last year's ruling annual representative meeting.

Dr Gilley, a GMSC negotiator, is a GP principal in north London.

By convention, the post rotates in turn through GPs, hospital doctors and other groups. Sir Alexander's background was in public health.