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Mark Porter: Pet hate is lettuce

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3221 (Published 17 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3221


Mark Porter, chair of the BMA council, hopes that his public pronouncements on policy issues won’t put anyone to sleep. In his professional role as consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Coventry, however, that’s exactly what he does—although the patient is often awake and waiting to deliver her baby under an epidural. He’s cautious, not showy, and in tune with the views of BMA activists who attend the annual representative meeting. Least likely to say: “Let’s privatise the lot.” Most likely to say: “The NHS isn’t safe in this government’s hands.” And that applies to whichever government is in power.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be an astronaut, of course; I was a star struck child at the time of the Moon landings. It was the greatest of adventures, although I didn’t understand then that the project employed 400 000 people at its peak and consumed so many resources that we wouldn’t keep going back.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

In different parts of my life I’ve …

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