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A challenge to produce harmony out of conflict

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7104.327l (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327

Dr John Chisholm, the new chairman of the BMA's General Medical Services Committee, won the leadership race decisively at last month's election and was greeted with a standing ovation. During the next year he may reflect wistfully on that moment of unity. Hilary Bower reports

Dr Chisholm is said to have a “razor sharp” mind

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John Chisholm is a flautist and thus skilled at turning hot air into harmony. He is also a conductor, adept at reconciling potential cacophony, and a chorister used to melodious teamwork. He may need all these skills and more to coax agreement from the General Medical Services Committee, his hospital colleagues, and the government this year.

No stranger to the opinion-ated world of medical politics, 47 year old Dr Chisholm has been on the GP committee of the BMA for 20 years, as well as being joint deputy to the retiring chairman, Ian Bogle, since 1991. Now a GP in Twyford, Berkshire, he was educated at Clifton College, Cambridge University, and Westminster Medical School and is said to have a “razor sharp” mind and elephantine memory, both of which have been put to good use in developing the agenda pursued by the negotiating …

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