Brian Keighley, Scottish physician & medical unionist, Died at 67


Brian Douglas Keighley was born on May 21, 1948−9, and died in November 2015.

He was a Scottish medical doctor who worked as a general practitioner (GP) and was the chair of the Scottish Council of the British Medical Association (BMA) from 2009 to December 2014.

Brian was born in 1948. He studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating with a medical degree in 1972.

In 1974, as a GP trainee, he joined a medical practice in Balfron, Stirlingshire.

Brian became a partner at the practice the following year, then a trainer in 1978.

He retired from clinical practice in November 2013.

Brian was a member of representative bodies throughout his clinical career.

He was an elected member of the Council of the General Medical Council (GMC) 1994 to 2008.

Brian was chair of the Scottish General Practitioners Committee (SGPC) 1995 to 1998.

He was deputy chair of the BMA’s Scottish council from July 2007, then elected as chair in August 2009.

As the outgoing chair, Keighley delivered a speech to the BMA’s annual conference in 2014.

Brian directly confronted the issue of how much taxes people are willing to spend on health care, which generated much comment from politicians.

He was a champion of minimum pricing for alcohol.

Brian became a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) in 1990, then became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPEd) in 2015.

In 1997 Brian published a book Guide to Postgraduate Medical Education by Stuart Murray.

Brian passed away at age 67 in November 2015.