Who we are and what we stand for

Our values

We are for doctors, because we are doctors.

Our insight and understanding helps us defend your interests when it matters most and fight hard to champion the profession.

We seek to guide doctors throughout all stages of their career - from medical school to retirement - through cultural shifts, technological advancements and economic pressures, we uphold and promote your interests in the context of continual evolution.

We are a democratic and open organisation. We ensure your collective voice is heard and shapes the future agenda of health for the nation.

We are the British Medical Association – for doctors, for health.


Meet the Chief Executive

Keith WardThe BMA's Chief Executive Officer is Keith Ward. 

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Meet the chief officers

Chief officers

The chief officers of the BMA are doctors, elected by BMA members from the Representative Body or council.

As leaders of the BMA, they speak on its behalf, chair major committees and have oversight of its finances.

Chief officers' details

Our history

BMA house

For over 175 years, the BMA has represented doctors and promoted good healthcare for all. Formed in the days before anaesthetics and antibiotics, when avoidable and early deaths from disease or injury were common, it has been at the coalface of health reform throughout changing times.

The BMA's London HQ, BMA House, also has a colourful history, read its story here.

How we began

BMA charities

Our charities offer help to doctors (not just members) and their dependents in times of need.

We have two registered charities - the BMA Charities Trust Fund and the Dain Fund.

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BMA charities

We also have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy in place and regularly report on our acitivies.

Read our latest CSR report

Articles and bye-laws

Information about the rules which govern what we do.

Articles and bye-laws

Get involved

Want to represent your colleagues and make a difference? Get involved in our committees.

Info on our committees

Media centre

We have a high profile in the media, keeping your issues in the spotlight.

See how we do it