Paediatrics college appoints Bonar to media role

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has hired Royal College of Midwives parliamentary and policy officer Stuart Bonar as its head of press and parliamentary affairs.

Bonar, who takes up the newly created role in October, is set to review the organisation’s need for external PR support.

His top priority will be bolstering the reputation of child protection paediatricians, following a drop in the numbers of junior doctors specialising in this area.

He will report to Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health secretary Len Tyler, who said negative publicity about child protection paediatricians was ‘dissuading good people from going into child protection’.

The occupation suffered bad press after child protection paediatrician David Southall was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council last month.

As well as having responsibility for the college’s PR, Bonar will also be in charge of its advocacy work on issues such as child poverty and obesity. The college also intends to lobby the Government to reduce the international use of cluster bombs.

Before joining the Royal College of Midwives two years ago, Bonar was political assistant to Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford.

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