Retired GP Kailash Chand - one of the most high profile medical activists against the government’s health reforms - has been elected as deputy chair of the British Medical Association Council.

The announcement was made today. He will be deputy to council chair consultant anaesthetist Mark Porter.

Dr Chand told HSJ his election - made by the members of the council - should contribute to “getting the message to the government about how passionately and strongly they oppose this set of reforms”.

He said the BMA needed to “get the whole profession together and highlight the damage the reforms are going to do to patient care and to our membership”.

Dr Chand, an active member of the Indian Medical Association, also said his election to deputy chair was the highest position reached by a doctor from a black and minority ethnic background in the BMA. He said that was important given the NHS’s large BME workforce.

Dr Chand has been chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop primary care trust for several years, and was previously a GP in Ashton-Under-Lyne for 25 years.

He said his other priorities included pensions, pay and revalidation.