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Overview of Welsh Council

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The Welsh council is a standing committee of the BMA and its remit is to 'consider any and all matters of specific relevance to the medical profession and healthcare in Wales. Welsh Council shall determine policy and action where the application is exclusive to Wales.



UK Council has identified three themes which Welsh council can also identify with in order to provide an overarching narrative for BMA policy and lobbying activity. They are:

  • Keeping the public healthy
  • Valuing current and future doctors and supporting them and how they work in a pressurised environment
  • Health services that deliver excellent care and address current pressures


Who we are


The Welsh council chair is Dr David Bailey.

 16x9 David Bailey

David Bailey is a GP in a large training practice in Caerphilly. David has particular interests in pensions, contracts, dispensing and pharmacy, prescribing and medicolegal issues.


Deputy chair

The Welsh deputy council chair is Dr Sara Hunt.

Deputy Wales council chair
Dr Sara Hunt

Sara Hunt is a consultant anaesthetist in Cardiff and Vale Health Board. Sara has particular interests in revalidation and appraisal and LNC issues.


Welsh council members

Welsh council normally has 15 elected and voting members.

  • the chair

There are also ex-officio members (with voting rights) as follows:

  • the member of UK council elected to represent Wales
  • chair of Welsh consultants committee
  • chair of general practitioners committee Wales
  • chair of Welsh staff grade and associate specialists committee
  • chair of Welsh committee for public health medicine and community health
  • chair of Welsh junior doctors committee
  • chair of Welsh medical students committee
  • chair of the forum of Welsh local negotiating committees
  • chair of Welsh medical academic staff committee

Ex-officio (without voting rights) are:

  • president of the association
  • chair of the representative body
  • chair of council
  • treasurer

See the full list of Welsh council members 


Welsh council's end of session report

A report highlighting our activities and achievements in representing you over the past year is now available to download.

Get the report


Our meetings

The Welsh council meets four times a year to discuss latest issues.

Who should attend

The meetings are only open to council members.

Meeting dates for the 2019-20 session

  • 12 June 2019, 10.30am - 4.30pm at BMA Cymru Wales
  • 9 October 2019, 10.30am - 4.30pm at BMA Cymru Wales
  • 22 January 2020, 10.30am - 4.30pm at BMA Cymru Wales
  • 23 April 2020, 10.30am - 4.30pm at BMA Cymru Wales
  • 17 June 2020, 10.30 - 4.30pm at BMA Cymru Wales


Related links

SAS charter for Wales

NHS Wales core principles

Committee information booklet



Any questions?

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

Write to:
BMA Cymru Wales
5th Floor, 2 Caspian Point
Caspian Way
Cardiff Bay
CF10 4DQ

Telephone: 029 2047 4646
Fax: 029 2047 4600
Email: [email protected]