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Alistair Riddell

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 18 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2754
  1. Brian Keighley
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Former BMA treasurer known as the “Scottish negotiator”

Nick Sinclair

Alistair Riddell was immensely proud of his native Glasgow and his education at Glasgow Academy. His mother died when he was 15 years old, inspiring his medical studies, but he graduated only with support from the Institute of Bonnetmakers and Dyers, a craft of the Trades House of Glasgow. Initially Riddell became a general practice partner in Townhead, but, with Hugh Mackenzie, he set up a practice in Easterhouse, which had few amenities and palpable social deprivation.

Riddell was an early advocate for recognition of the social determinants …

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