The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced six candidates hoping to take the role of Chairman of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee (GPC).
Since Hamish Meldrum's election as the new chairman of the BMA, the role of GPC chairman has fallen vacant.
Three candidates for the GPC chairman post - Doctors Laurence Buckman, Peter Holden, and Richard Vautrey - are already official members of the GPC negotiating team.
If one of these candidates were enrolled as the new GPC chairman then a new negotiator would also have to be elected.
Candidates for the negotiator role include Doctors Pritpal Buttar, John Canning, Andrew Dearden, Peter Fellows and Chaand Nagpaul.
The elections for the new GPC chairman will take place at the next GPC meeting on 19 July 2007 in London.
If it is then necessary to elect a new negotiator, this will also take place at the same GPC meeting.
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