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Overview of Scottish Council

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The Scottish Council of the BMA is a standing committee of the BMA and its remit is 'to consider all matters especially concerning Scotland, and, in conformity with the decisions of the Representative Body, deal with all such matters'. It represents all disciplines.

It meets three times a year (in Edinburgh) and an Executive Committee deals with matters between meetings of Scottish Council. There is also a subcommittee that represents the interests of medical students in Scotland (SMSC) and a virtual committee, which considers and acts on issues relating to public health policy.


Our priorities

NHS funding and medical workforce

There is a growing gap between the funding provided for healthcare in Scotland, and the needs of the population. There are substantial problems with recruitment and retention of doctors for NHS Scotland. BMA Scotland continues to highlight these issues with government, opposition parties and the media.


Each year, the BMA submits detailed evidence to the Review Body on Doctor's and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB), on matters relating to pay, recruitment, morale and motivation for doctors across the UK.

Shape of training

Shape of training is a UK-wide review into whether changes in postgraduate medical training are required to ensure it continues to meet the needs of patients and health services in future.

The BMA is represented by the chair of Scottish Council on the Scottish shape of training groups – the Scottish shape of training transition and implementation groups – looking at what may be the implementation plan of the recommendations from the UK-level report of the Shape of training Steering Group for Scotland. The BMA is also represented at a UK-wide level.


Support for doctors working in a system under pressure

The High Court ruling in the case of Dr Bawa-Garba has sent shockwaves through the medical profession, raising questions about support for doctors working in a system under pressure, the actions of the GMC and the prosecution of healthcare professionals under the criminal offence of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide in Scotland. The BMA is committed to continue to support the doctors we represent and who are working tirelessly to do their best for patients in this most challenging environment.


Who we are

Council represents the branches of practice (consultants, general practitioners and junior doctors) and has dedicated seats for academic medicine, staff and associate specialists, medical students, retired members and other branches of practice not represented (civil service, armed forces, occupational health).

Members are elected every three years.

Scottish council membership

Read the terms of reference

Download the info pack


Dr Lewis Morrison chairs the Scottish Council of the BMA. 


Our meetings

2019-20 session

Scottish council

  • Thursday 28 November 2019
  • Wednesday 25 March 2020

Scottish council executive

  • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Thursday 31 October 2019 (strategy)
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020
  • Wednesday 27 May 2020

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Any questions?

We are happy to answer any queries, give advice or help on any matter related to Scottish Council.

Write to:

Scottish Council Secretariat
BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street

Tel: 0131 2473010
Email: Fiona Dawson