A new chairman for the BMA

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 18 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:166

His idol is Sir James Cameron, one of the architects of the 1966 family doctors' charter. Like him, Dr Ian Bogle was chairman of the BMA's General Medical Services Committee before being elected as the chairman of the council. He talks to Richard Harling about his plans

When Dr Ian Bogle stood for chairman of the BMA's General Medical Services Committee, his father thought that he had “taken leave of his senses.” Some might think the same now, as he takes up his new position as chairman of the BMA's council. The launch of primary care groups, the future of self regulation, and the implications of healthcare rationing are just some of the important challenges that will confront him during his three year term of office.

But Dr Bogle is by no means a newcomer to the intricate world of medical politics. He joined Liverpool's local medical committee in 1969. He was elected chairman of the BMA's council in a four way contest last week. The other …

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