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Overview of UK Council


Council sets the strategic direction of the BMA in line with policy decided by the representative body at the annual representative meeting.

Council is responsible for the formulation of policy throughout the year and for ensuring the implementation of that policy. Council is the principal executive committee of the trade union.

Council also appoints members to central boards and committees, can establish additional committees and working groups.

Download the standing orders of council

Download the BMA annual financial report 2015


Who we are

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.

Read more about BMA Council

Council members' register of interests 2016-17


Our meetings

BMA UK council members meet 6 times per year at BMA House in London. The meetings take place in the Council Chamber from 10am to 5pm.

To find out more or to confirm your attendance, please email Nicholas Harrison or call 020 7383 6062.

2016-17 session

  • Wednesday 13 July 2016
  • Tuesday 13 September 2016 (council induction)
  • Wednesday 14 September 2016
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Wednesday 15 March 2017
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017

2017-18 session

  • Thursday 13 July 2017
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Thursday 11 January 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018


Reports from the UK council meetings

Any enquiries regarding council documents relating to the meetings of UK council should be directed to council secretariat.