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Negotiating for the profession

Other negotiating committees

The BMA also has committees focused on key specialties and branches of practice. 

Our committees represent all doctors in these branches, regardless of whether they're BMA members.

About our committees

Our negotiating committees are officially recognised by all UK health departments to conduct national negotiations for NHS doctors.

Each committee reports to BMA council.

Find out how the BMA works

Get involved

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The BMA's negotiating committee members are elected from their relevant branch of practice. 

The BMA needs doctors to get involved at a local and national level to help direct and shape the profession. 

In particular, women are currently under-represented on BMA committees. 

Currently 60% of medical students are women, and the Royal College of Physicians predicts women doctors will be in the majority by 2017. Yet the number of women members of committees and elected roles has changed little in the past six years.

To help address this, the BMA offers all new committee members childcare support, as well as a welcome induction pack and access to a mentoring scheme. While this support is available to all committee members, it is hoped the programme will increase representation of women on BMA committees and encourage them to put themselves forward for leadership roles.

Read more about the support we offer new committee members