On 12 December 2013 BHA announced that Dr Michael Turner had decided that he would not be renewing his annual contract as Chief Medical Adviser in 2014, but that he would remain contracted to BHA until such a time as a replacement had been found.
Dr Turner’s annual contract expired on 31 December 2013 and his continued provision of services in 2014 was subject to the terms of a consultancy contract being agreed. Regrettably, it has not been possible to reach agreement on the terms of such a contract.
Dr Guy Staight has agreed to provide interim cover until a replacement Chief Medical Adviser is recruited. He will perform the same core functions on jockeys’ medical issues as were provided by Dr Turner. Dr Staight has fulfilled such a role for BHA for 17 years during periods when Dr Turner has been unavailable.
Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation for BHA, said:
“I would like to again thank Dr Turner for his contribution to the sport over many years. We are aware that he has several other roles and interests outside of his BHA responsibilities, and we wish him well with these in the future.
“The recruitment of Dr Turner’s successor is underway. This process will involve not only identifying the right individual but also determining the appropriate scope of the role. In the interim, we look forward to working with Dr Staight, and ensuring that the high level of medical service provided to jockeys continues.”