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Former Ashton GP elected to BMA role

Former Ashton GP and Healthwatch Tameside chair Dr Kailash Chand OBE, has been elected Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Northwest.

He said he was honoured to be taking up the reigns although acknowledged the challenges ahead, stating the NHS was presently facing huge uncertainty.

“It is an honour and privilege to be elected as chairman of the BMA Northwest,” he said.

“But our NHS is at a massive risk. The junior doctors see huge uncertainty in their career prospects, public health is in disarray and staff and associate specialist doctors’ genuine grievances remain unresolved.

“My beloved general practice is imploding due to lack of resources and funding.

“But I am committed to help junior doctors to force Jeremy Hunt to re-enter talks with the BMA and address the outstanding issues and concerns junior doctors have.”

The NHS campaigner was also named in the top fifty most influential doctors in the country by PULSE magazine for the fifth year running.

The magazine for GPs points out that Dr Chand will play a major role in forming health policy for the region should Andy Burnham be elected Mayor of Greater Manchester next year, after the magazine backed him for the role.