Chaand Nagpaul: a calm and persuasive negotiator

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2877 (Published 15 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2877
  1. Anne Gulland, freelance journalist
  1. London, UK
  1. agulland{at}bmj.com

Anne Gulland looks at what the profession can expect from the BMA’s incoming chairman Chaand Nagpaul

In the kind of poll that Theresa May can only dream about, Chaand Nagpaul was elected unopposed as chair of the BMA’s council earlier this month. Nagpaul takes over the post from Mark Porter, whose five year term as chair ends on 29 June 2017.

As a member of the BMA’s general practitioners’ committee (GPC) since 1996 and its chair since 2013, Nagpaul is already a seasoned medico-politician. He took over the GPC as the reforms heralded by the Health and Social Care Act were kicking in and the funding, workforce, and workload crises facing general practice were beginning to bite.

He has scored some notable successes. Less than six months into his leadership of the GPC, Nagpaul and his team won praise for negotiating a new contract, a year after the previous one had been imposed on GPs by the government. His influence was also evident when, during his …

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