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Scottish Council terms of reference and remit

In July 1903, at the first meeting of the Representative Body held in Swansea, it was agreed that a Scottish Committee should be formed, which would report to the Council on matters specially concerning Scotland. This Committee met about four times a year, in different places such as Perth, Dundee, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In 1919, the BMA Scottish Office was established, and the post of Scottish Medical Secretary created, at the same time as a separate Board of Health was set up for Scotland. The remit of the Scottish Committee was enlarged to enable the Committee to consider and deal with all matters specially concerning Scotland. In 1957, the Scottish Committee became the Scottish Council of the Association.

There are 35 voting members of Scottish Council, elected for a three-year term of office:

Branch of Practice

Eight members engaged wholly or mainly in general practice, including those in private general practice but excluding general practice registrars, to represent and be elected by members in general practice in Scotland of whom:

2 for East

4 for West

2 for North

Eight members employed wholly or mainly as senior hospital doctors to represent and be elected by members who are senior hospital doctors in Scotland of whom:

2 for East

4 for West

2 for North

Eight members who are hospital doctors in the training grades or general practice registrars to represent and be elected by members who are hospital doctors in the training grades and general practice registrars in Scotland of whom:

2 for East

4 for West

2 for North

One member employed wholly or mainly in the staff and associate specialist group elected by members from those groups in Scotland (associate specialists, staff grades, trust doctors, non standard career grades, hospital practitioners, clinical assistants).

One member employed whole-time in a university or in medical research, elected by members from those groups in Scotland.

One medical student member, elected all medical student members in Scotland. One retired member elected by retired members in Scotland.

One member from other branches of practice not represented, elected by those groups in Scotland (eg civil service and armed forces, occupational health).

Six members resident in Scotland to represent and be elected by all members in Scotland.

Note

East covers: Fife, Lothian, and Scottish Borders

West covers: Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Stewartry, Dumbarton, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Wigtown

North covers: Angus, Caithness, Dundee, Grampian, Inverness, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Ross and Cromarty, Shetland, Sutherland and Western Isles

Non-voting members are the Chief Officers of the Association; the Chairs of the SCC, SGPC, SJDC, SMASC, SSASC and SMSC; Chair of Scottish LNC Forum,  those members of Scottish Council who are also members of UK Council and the Immediate Past Chairman of Scottish Council for a period of one year after demitting office as Chairman.

Non-voting observers are the Chairman of the Academy of Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, the Chairman of the Scottish Royal Colleges Inter-Collegiate Group. Scottish Council has the power to co-opt two additional non-voting members where specific expertise is required.