Probably due to the number of committee meetings and conferences I have attended and the various contracts issues that have arisen I have done a little soul searching about being a member of the BMA.

  • Why am I a member?
  • What is in it for me?
  • Am I getting a good return on my membership fee?

It is all too easy to be attracted by new alternatives. Whilst these may appear attractive, the power of the organisation lies in the size of its membership. Size matters when it comes to national and local collective bargaining.

With approximately a membership of 170k, the BMA is the 12th largest Trade Union in the UK and the second oldest ! The BMA represents a large number of people and has an established reputation over many years to be noticed and paid attention to by politicians , political parties, government and the establishment at large, as well as employers and the media. The BMA is both a Trade Union and a Professional Body with many important functions that I link to below. But the BMA is the membership.

Even as a very small cog I recognize the influence that a big organisation like the BMA has for collective bargaining, composed as it is of its members. Some members may feel there is not enough support on employment or contract issue. Some members may not know how to seek effective help. At a local and regional level the BMA Industrial Relations Officers are there to help with matters that affect the individual member as well as groups. There is abundance of evidence of IROs helping with job planning or other matters which have benefited the members but are not necessarily promulgated.

The BMA should work to support their members as much as possible. Your Local Negotiating Committee (LNC) is a BMA constituted committee which has the recognition agreement for sole negotiating right on Doctors issues with senior management in your Trust. Your Local Regional Consultants (and other Branch of Practice ) Committees represents your areas of interests.

A recent opinion I regard greatly said :Going forward the BMA must look relevant to our members. We must represent them well.  We must represent their views. We must give them enough contact”. At a local level and regional level I do my best to aspire to this.

The following is just a sample of what our BMA does.

What the BMA does

BMA as a trade union

Individual support and advice

Lobbying for you

Learning and development

Legal and financial services

What the BMA stands for

Mission, vision and values

Corporate social environmental responsibility

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Who the BMA is

Leadership at the BMA

Support for you

Member voice and democratic structures

Support schemes for you

Valuing difference

BMA in your area

Represent and volunteer

Tell me about the BMA

Get in touch

Connecting with members


 New leader for NCL  STP. 

Helen Pettersen was announced early this year as the first joint chief officer of the five north central London CCGs and she will become STP lead for the patch. In that role she will replace Royal Free London Foundation Trust chief executive Sir David Sloman.


Devolution in London.

Details of a second government deal to devolve further health powers in London are to be agreed imminently, following an announcement in today’s Budget. It was announced that a new memorandum of understanding on health in the capital will be agreed on Wednesday next week. It will “cement progress made to date and support London’s future plans for preventing ill-health”. The MoU will outline how devolution will “lead to better services that meet the needs of local communities”, the Mayor of London’s office said in a statement. The aim of the MoU will be to support “a more place-based, integrated health and social care system and strategic estates reform”. The document did not say which powers, budgets or responsibilities would be devolved. It is understood the new arrangements are likely to be a development of the five devolution pilots which were launched in London in December 2015, which focused on prevention and integration. Haringey London Borough Council’s pilot was focused on prevention. It explored new approaches to public health issues. Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge’s pilot focused on early intervention and looked at how primary and secondary care could be better integrated to promote early intervention. North Central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington) ran an estates pilot to test new approaches to collaboration on asset use. Lewisham ran a pilot seeking to integrate physical and mental health services alongside social care. Hackney’s pilot aimed for full integration of health and social care budgets and joint provision of services. The new MoU expected next week will be signed by the government, national organisations and London partners. These will include clinical commissioning groups, London borough councils, the Greater London Authority, Public Health England and NHS England in London.


BMA – CPD webcasts

Case study discussion [2] – 6.30pm, 15 March 2017

  • Diagnostic challenges for cardiac failure
  • Gynaecological case studies

Register for Case study discussions [2]

Grand round cases [2] – 6.30pm, 4 April 2017

  • Diagnostic challenges for rheumatological cases
  • Psychosexual medicine – a different kind of consultation
  • The options when dealing with pain

Register for Grand round cases [2]


GMC matters– 6.30pm, 19 April 2017

  • Confidentiality
  • Duty of candour
  • End of life care
  • Medical license assessment

Register for GMC matters


Certificates of attendance will be issued electronically to participants who register and complete the feedback evaluation survey after the event.


Further information

The BMA in London plans a CPD session each month. You can download presentations from past CPD sessions, including presentations from webcasts, and find out about future sessions planned to take place in London from the BMA Connecting doctors page. Please note that you will be required to login.