The British Medical Association in Scotland has appointed a new chairman to take over from Aberdeen consultant Peter Terry, who has held the position for five years.

Dr Brian Keighley, who works as a senior GP in Balfron, Stirlingshire, has been elected and will now chair the group.

The new recruit, who is 61 years old, has been in the profession since 1972 when he graduated from Glasgow University Medical School.

After completing his training in hospitals in Glasgow and Falkirk, he moved to a trainee GP post in Balfron, where he became a partner in the practice. He has held this post for the past 34 years.

He has also been involved with his local medical committee and the BMA since 1978. He served as chairman of the Scottish GPs committee from 1995-98 and has been deputy chairman of the Scottish council since 2007.

Speaking on his appointment, Dr Keighley said: “Scotland’s NHS faces a great number of challenges in the coming years. Increasing financial pressures will make it ever more important for government and NHS managers to work with the medical profession to ensure that the range of high quality of services that Scottish patients deserve is maintained.”