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Dr Mac Armstrong, secretary of the BMA since 1993, has been appointed chief medical officer in Scotland and will leave his post at the BMA at the end of the year.
Dr Armstrong, aged 55, qualified in Glasgow, and after several hospital posts became a lecturer in pathology in Glasgow University before going into general practice in Connell, Argyll, in 1975. In the BMA, he has been chairman of the Scottish General Practitioners Committee, a GP negotiator, and chairman of the Scottish council of the BMA.
The chairman of the BMA's council, Dr Ian Bogle, paid tribute to Dr Armstrong. "I believe that his clarity of thinking, his immense knowledge of the health …