The British Medical Association has today announced its next council chair. 

Chaand Nagpaul, currently chair of the BMA’s GP committee, has been appointed as the organisation’s new overall leader and will take up the role on 29 June. 

He replaces current chair Mark Porter. Dr Porter has been chair since 2012, with his recent years dominated by the negotiations and dispute over the junior doctors contract.

Dr Nagpaul has been chair of the GPC since 2013, and has been a practicing GP for over 27 years. 

In a statement the he said: ”It is a tremendous privilege and honour to represent the medical profession as BMA council chair.

”The challenges facing doctors and the health service in which we work have never been greater. Doctors are at the sharp end of chronic underfunding, staff shortages and rising demand on the NHS, and see firsthand the devastating impact these pressures have on patient care.

”I will work to ensure that the BMA supports doctors facing these pressures, and will lead the charge for an NHS that is properly resourced by the next Government, so that doctors can provide the safe, high-quality care patients deserve.”