Turner to leave BHA
post after 21 years
DR MICHAEL TURNER will not renew his annual contract as the BHA's chief medical adviser in 2014, racing's governing body announced on Thursday.
Turner, 66, has worked for the sport's regulators in its various guises for more than 21 years, but feels he cannot combine his role and a new, external project linked to concussion research.
He will remain contracted to the BHA until a replacement is found.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my role in horseracing and would like to thank all those hundreds people who have helped to improve the medical support for jockeys over the last 20 years, both on and off the racecourse," said Turner.
Jamie Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation for BHA, added: "British racing has been very fortunate to have someone of the quality of Dr Turner as chief medical adviser to BHA for this many years. He is widely regarded by many as a world leader in the medical care of jockeys.
"He will be missed for all of these reasons, but also for the sense of humour for which he is famed. We are pleased that he has agreed to continue to assist us on a consultancy basis while we take on the challenge of finding someone who will continue his good work."