Dr Laurence Buckman, leader of the British Medical Association’s GPs, balances keeping GPs as trusted healthcare professionals with delivering for his members, who want pay to reflect increased work and responsibility.

He has had a good year, with a hefty payment for GPs to vaccinate millions against swine flu and few inroads on the GP contract, despite a perception that it has over-rewarded GPs. He can be a blistering media performer and often demolishes government policy on radio. He was one of the first doctors at the scene of the 2005 London bus bombing.