Chair, BMA GPs committee UP 16

The election of a new government changed the game and Dr Buckman found the coalition was keen to give GPs most of the NHS budget.

Over the past few months he has shown that it is the interests of his members, patients and the wider NHS that are most important to him.

He has insisted that GPs have no intention of becoming the Department of Health’s “whipping boys” for the tough choices that need to be made in a cash constrained NHS.

While the DH has been critical of PCTs and wants GPs to explore purchasing commissioning support from companies and councils, Dr Buckman has urged GPs to turn to NHS managers for support.

Dr Buckman has chaired the GPs committee since 2007 and has shot up the rankings this year. Whether he maintains his position depends on how he performs in negotiations with the DH and within the BMA.