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Working for change

Negotiating committees

BMA negotiating committees work tirelessly behind the scenes to defend terms and conditions and to look after doctors' jobs. They are recognised as doctors' representatives for contract negotiation by all health departments in the UK.

Each committee is elected by the branch of practice it represents. All doctors are represented by the committees - not just BMA members.

Find out more about your committee 

Contract negotiations

In July 2015 the DDRB published its final report to the Government. Here we present current details on proposals, discussions and what changes may mean for you.

Negotiations between the BMA and NHS Employers for new consultants and junior doctors' contracts began in October 2013, but in October 2014, contract talks stalled over concerns for patients and doctors' welfare. Updates are now ongoing.

Find out more

Improving and protecting health

Public crowdThe BMA campaigns on a range of public health topics, including alcohol packaging, smoking cessation and tackling obesity.

We are also continuously working for international development, changes in organ donation legislation and fighting for human rights.

See how we are improving and protecting health

Policy and lobbying


The BMA makes sure doctors' voices are heard. We lobby on the issues that matter and respond to consultations from all four home nations and in Europe. We have an in-depth policy database that lists the BMA's position on key areas affecting doctors, including pensions and pay, workforce morale and training.

Read our policies and about our lobbying work

International affairs

The BMA is not only involved in protecting health and healthcare in the UK, we also have a wide international reach, campaigning and providing resources on health issues with a global impact.

We campaign on issues such as fair medical trade, water poverty, human rights, climate change, access to healthcare information and much more.

Shape of training review

The Shape of Training is an independent review into whether changes are required in postgraduate medical training.

The BMA has responded to the review highlighting our concerns around some of its recommendations.

Read more about the Shape of Training review

Annual Representative Meeting

The ARM (Annual Representative Meeting) is the BMA's primary debating and policy-making meeting. Doctors from all parts of the profession debate motions on various aspects of their working lives and professional practice.

ARM 2015 was held in June at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.

ARM 2016 will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

View highlights from ARM 2015