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New BMA leader for GPs in Scotland

Andrew Buist to lead on Scottish GP matters

Adrian O'Dowd

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Tayside GP Andrew Buist has been elected to lead Scotland’s GPs as the new chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee (SGPC).

Dr Buist, who graduated from Edinburgh medical school in 1987 and has been a GP in Blairgowrie since 1993, succeeds Dr Alan McDevitt, who is standing down after leading the committee since 2012.

Dr Buist has served as deputy chairman of the committee since 2006 and takes on his new post from today.

Ahead of his first meeting as SGPC chair, Dr Buist, said: “It is a privilege to be elected to lead SGPC at such an exciting time for general practice.

“Having been involved in the negotiation of the 2018 GP contract in Scotland, I am keen to build on this and ensure that we maximise its potential to reduce the workload pressures and GP recruitment difficulties that many practices have been facing.

“Key to this is ensuring that additional investment and resources are available so that GPs can do what they do best – working as expert medical generalists, providing continuity of care to their patients close to home.”

Dr McDevitt, a GP in Clydebank, will continue to serve as a member of SGPC and a member of the BMA’s Scottish Council.

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