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Scottish BMA makes new appointments

New chairs elected at ‘key time’

Jo Carlowe

Monday, 24 September 2018

The British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland has appointed new chairs.

New chairs for key committees representing Scotland’s doctors and medical students have taken up post at what the BMA describe as “a key time for the profession”.

Dr Bernie Scott, a specialty doctor in sexual health, working at Sandyford in Glasgow, is the new chair of the BMA’s Scottish Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty doctors Committee (SSASC).

Doctor Lewis Hughes, a foundation doctor working in Lothian, is the new chair of the Scottish Junior Doctors Committee (SJDC).

And Cory Stratton, a third-year medical student at St Andrews, and David Clayton, a final year medical student at Glasgow, are the new co-chairs of the Scottish Medical Students Committee (SMSC).

Commenting, Dr Bernie Scott said: “I am delighted to be chosen by my colleagues to lead the Scottish staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee at this key time for the profession.

“There is a great deal of anger amongst SAS doctors, in particular those in more senior roles, over the Scottish government’s ill-judged recent pay award. Ensuring that the contributions that SAS doctors bring to Scotland’s NHS are better recognised will be a priority for me during my time as chair.”

Dr Lewis Hughes added: “While we have made some good progress in Scotland on issues like post night-shift rest periods and moving to a single lead employer for junior doctors, I am clear that junior doctors in Scotland expect us to do more.

“In particular, securing an end to fixed leave and improving the provision of rest and catering facilities for junior doctors in Scotland will be a priority for me.”

David Clayton, co-chair of the Scottish Medical Committee, said: “The Scottish Medical Students Committee will be fighting for a number of improvements to student welfare related to finance and mental health in the coming year and for real progress in addressing barriers to widening access to medicine. Alongside this, improvements to equality and diversity strategies within medical schools are one of our key priorities for this year.”

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