Membership FAQs

Top queries

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How do I find out how much I paid for my BMA membership? I require this information for my tax return.

A: Please email membership@bma.org.uk with your request and this information will be sent to you within seven working days. Please note that we can only include details of subscription payments that have actually been made.

  

red circle question markWhat are the salary thresholds for me to claim a reduced subscription?

A: Earning less than £9,305 will allow you to claim the salary link A option and earning between £9,305 and £34,402 will allow you to claim the salary link B option.

If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please send an email to membership@bma.org.uk with your request for a claim form. Please note that we require a new claim form to be completed each subscription year.

 

red circle question markHow do I update my details?

A: You can login and update your details online.

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FAQs: Membership queries

 

Subscriptions

red circle question markWhen is the BMA subscription year?

A. The subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September.

  

red circle question markHow do I join the BMA?

A. You can either call the membership team on +44 207 383 6955 and join over the phone, or you can join online:

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red circle question mark I’m retiring from the NHS but still working, what subscriptions rates do I pay?

A. This will depend on your earnings for the subscription year. Please email membership@bma.org.uk or call +44 207 383 6955 for more details.

 

red circle question mark How can I change my direct debit from monthly to annual payment, or vice versa?

A. There is no need to contact your bank, please call the membership team on +44 207 383 6955 who will be happy to help.

 

red circle question mark When am I entitled to free life membership?

A. After being a member for 50 years.

 

red circle question mark Can you give me advice about claiming back professional fees on my tax return?

A. Members can claim back an element of their subscription from HMRC.

ArrowVisit the HMRC website for more details

As our members have differing incomes we are not qualified to give individual advice and you should contact your accountant or financial adviser should you require further advice.

 

red circle question mark I am an overseas doctor, can I become a member?

A. Yes, if you hold qualifications recognised by the UK General Medical Council and/or you are registerable with the appropriate authority where you live. You can contact the GMC for clarification on the qualifications they recognise.

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Claims

red circle question markWhat are the salary thresholds for me to claim a reduced subscription?

A. Earning less than £9,305 will allow you to claim the salary link A option and earning between £9,305 and £34,402 will allow you to claim the salary link B option.

If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please email membership@bma.org.uk to request a claim form.

 

red circle question markI’m eligible for a reduced subscription, what do I do next?

A. You need to fill in a claim form and return it to the membership department. Forms can be obtained by emailing membership@bma.org.uk with your request.

 

red circle question markDo you have a reduced rate for doctors who are retiring?

A. Yes, if you are permanently retired from all medical practice. Please contact the membership team by email membership@bma.org.uk or phone +44 0207 383 6955 for more details.

 

red circle question markAm I entitled to a reduced rate if I am on maternity leave?

A. If your gross earnings for the current subscription year (1 October – 30 September) are less than £34,402, you may be eligible for reduced fees. Please email membership@bma.org.uk or call +44 207 383 6955 for more details.

 

red circle question markMy spouse/partner is a member, what will my membership fee be?

A. If both members pay over £222 per year, one member will be entitled to a reduced subscription of £222. To qualify, both members must be registered at the same address.

 

BMJ

red circle question markWill my subscription fees be reduced if I do not receive the paper edition of the BMJ?

A. Unfortunately, we can’t reduce subscriptions based on specific benefits being used or not, but please remember that as part of your membership package you will have full access to the publication at bmj.com.

 

red circle question markHow do I stop receiving the paper copy of the BMJ?

A. Please email membership@bma.org.uk or call +44 207 383 6955 with your request.

 

red circle question markI am a final-year medical student and would like to know how to change over to the weekly BMJ?

A. Please email membership@bma.org.uk or call +44 207 383 6955 with your request.

 

Going overseas

red circle question markI am going overseas, how will this affect my membership?

A. Your membership subscription may change, along with some of the benefits. Please call +44 207 383 6955 for more details.

 

red circle question markI am currently overseas and will be returning to the UK, how will this affect my membership?

A. Your membership subscription may change, along with some of the benefits. Please call +44 207 383 6955 for more details.

 

Receipts

red circle question markHow do I find out how much I paid for my BMA membership? Can I have a receipt for my tax return?

A. Please email membership@bma.org.uk with your request and this information will be sent to you within seven working days. Please note that we can only include details of subscription payments that have actually been made.

 

red circle question markCan I obtain a copy of my tax receipt online?

A. Not a present but this should be available from May 2014.

 

Update your details

red circle question markHow do I update my details?

A. You can login and update your details online.

ArrowUpdate your personal details

ArrowUpdate your place-of-work details or email info.pow@bma.org.uk

 

Membership

red circle question markHow do I request a replacement membership card?

A. Please email membership@bma.org.uk with your request.

 

red circle question markI need employment advice, who do I contact?

A. Please call +44 300 123 1233 to speak to one of our employment advisers.

 

Website login problems

red circle question markI am having trouble logging onto the website.

A. Please choose any of the following options:

How much does it cost to join?

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Tax relief on professional subscriptions

You may be able to claim tax relief on your BMA and other professional association subscriptions, although this depends on your individual circumstances.

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Member benefits

Enjoy these benefits as a member:

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