How we work

Representing you

How is BMA policy made?

Our policies are determined by doctors in local, regional and national forums. They send motions to the Representative Body (RB), our main policy-making arm.

The Representative Body is made up of 560 doctors from all parts of the profession. They come together at the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) to debate the motions and vote on them.

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BMA Councils

The UK BMA Council implements ARM policy and directs the BMA's work. National councils report to this central council.

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ArrowWelsh Council
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National representation

Our branch of practice and specialist committees negotiate nationally, hold annual conferences and report to BMA council.
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Our professional activities and special interest committees promote excellence on ethical, scientific, research, educational and international matters.
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Regional representation

Regional Councils England mapConsultants, juniors and SAS doctors each have regional committees.

In England, BMA members sit on Regional Councils.

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ArrowRegional Junior Doctors Committees

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ArrowRegional Staff, Associate and Specialty Doctor Committees

Local representation

Over 200 local BMA Divisions across the UK members to network and debate issues with local colleagues.
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GPs also have local representation by Local Medical Committees (LMCs)
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All hospital doctors are represented locally by Local Negotiating Committees (LNCs).
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