FORMER MSP Dr Jean Turner has been appointed as chief executive of the Scotland Patients Association (SPA).
The SPA was founded in 1982 and is an independent, self-funding organisation run by volunteers, who deal with queries and complaints from patients throughout Scotland.
The new role will enable Dr Turner, former Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP, to continue her commitment to patient care.
She said: "It was while I was an MSP that I first heard about the SPA and the great work that they do.
"I'm excited about the position and I'm looking forward to carrying on the good work that has been done.
"My main aim is to make more people aware that we exist and to meet with them.
"I hope that we can find an office base, establish ourselves as a limited company and then hopefully gain charitable status, which will enable us to obtain funding.
"Our role is to offer confidential help and support to patients throughout Scotland."
Dr Turner worked as an anaesthetic registrar at the Southern General Hospital and was a GP in Springburn for 25 years.She is also a member of the Save Stobhill campaign.
She takes over as chief executive from Margaret Davidson, who founded the SPA but has had to retire through ill health.
Patients who would like to speak to the SPA can contact Dr Turner on 07891 463676 or office bearers, Margaret Watt on 07801 721199 or Dr Robbie Robertson on 07768 583442.