UK Council

BMA UK Council elections 2014 - 2018

BMA council chamber seats

Voting for the 2014 Council elections are now closed.

The results will be posted after 22 April 2014.


About BMA Council

BMA Council generally has 34 voting members, although this may be increased to a maximum of 38 voting members. Each is directly elected by the membership to give a geographical and cross-branch of practice mix. There are also a number of ex-officio non-voting members, including those who chair the many committees reporting to Council.

The Articles of the Association require Council to administer BMA affairs in line with the Articles and Bye-laws. It formulates and implements policies on any matter affecting the BMA and its members between meetings of the Representative Body (RB), providing that these policies are not 'inconsistent with any policy already laid down by the Representative Body' (Article 70).

Council also appoints members to central boards and committees, can establish additional committees and working groups and manages the Association and the BMJ Publishing Group, subject to the decisions of general and representative meetings.



Mark PorterDr Mark Porter chairs BMA Council. 
He was elected in June 2012. 
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Deputy chair

Dr Kailash Chand, Deputy chair of Council 2012 - 2013Dr Kailash Chand is deputy to Dr Porter.



Reports from the UK Council meetings

In March, Council discussed:

Bullet pointA better BMA
Bullet pointOther organisational change
Bullet pointIndustrial action
Bullet pointNHS pensions
Bullet pointGovernment
Bullet pointClimate change
Bullet pointCelebrating the contribution of armed forces doctors
Bullet pointCouncil elections

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UK Council meeting dates

UK Council meets 6 times per year, usually at BMA House in London.

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Annual Report of Council 2012-2013

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Articles and bye-laws

Information about the rules which govern what we do.

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BMA UK Council code of conduct

The BMA Council Code of conduct outlines the required standards of conduct by members of BMA Council.  We also provide plus guidance on members declaring interests and frequently asked questions on the Code

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