September 27, 2023

The BMA’s new GP chief, Katie Bramall-Stainer, speaks to Zosia Kmietowicz about her technique to land a contract deal for common follow—in addition to her strategy to industrial motion and sexism on the BMA

Katie Bramall-Stainer describes herself as outspoken, efficient, and environment friendly. She’s somebody who relishes element and might’t sleep if she hasn’t completed scrutinising the nice print of a proposed GP contract or a legal responsibility settlement. These are traits, one may hope, which might be properly suited to the job for which she has simply been elected—chairing the BMA’s GP Committee (GPC) in England.

Inauspicious beginnings

Bramall-Stainer turned GPC chair on 3 August,1 after a tough interval for the committee. Farah Jameel, the London GP who was elected chair in November 2021 and the primary girl within the publish,2 was on maternity depart when she was reportedly suspended by the BMA 12 months into the function. The GPC then needed to go a vote of no confidence in Jameel as a method of electing a brand new chair.3

Bramall-Stainer is diplomatic in her evaluation of the state of affairs. “I don’t assume it’s truthful for me to make feedback on Farah Jameel or on what is likely to be taking place with the BMA, as a result of I’m not aware about the element round that,” she says. “All I can talk about is how I’m going to attempt to carry GPC collectively, probably making amends by way of therapeutic some wounds which might be there.

“It’s now time for us to assume exterior the bubble of [BMA headquarters] Tavistock …