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Equal opportunities policy


We are committed to equality in the provision of services to our members and stakeholders.  This ensures that all members, those applying for membership, and other service users will receive the highest possible standards of service from us, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, civil partnership status, age, disability, chronic illness, religion or belief.

Our equality and inclusion policy has been developed to ensure that members and staff are fully aware of our commitment to provide equality of opportunity in all of our functions and support the diversity of our members.  We will monitor the implementation and application of our equality and inclusion policy and ensure that it reflects and meets the requirements of the increasingly diverse membership which we seek to serve.

We continually monitor legislation and good practice relating to equal opportunities, anti-discrimination, equality and diversity and periodically updates our resources for members to reflect current knowledge.

Our work on equality and inclusion is coordinated by the Equality and Inclusion unit.  It works to promote equality of opportunity for the medical workforce, and break down barriers to career progression.

We will:

  • look at ways to enhance the accessibility of our information and services
  • further develop our resources which provide information on managing equality and inclusion to our members
  • continue to work with BMA committee secretariats to ensure that the representational structures of the BMA are representative of the BMA membership


Why we collect personal data

The BMA is committed to representing a membership that is reflective of the diverse medical workforce in which our members work.

As a part of this we seek to ensure that all our members are treated with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Effective monitoring is essential in order to fulfil our obligations to members and is a cornerstone of good practice to ensure compliance with equality legislation.

While we realise there can be sensitivities surrounding the collection of this information, failing to do so risks reinforcing stigma and invisibility, as well as not addressing the issues affecting minority groups.

The information you provide to us is confidential and protected by law. The confidentiality of personal information is a top priority for the BMA.

Your personal information is not shared with any external organisation, government department, local council, or marketing company.

The information collected will be used solely to produce statistics and for statistical research. Analysis of the data will be in aggregate form and will not be used in any way that allows individuals to be identified.