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Overview of Welsh Council

The Welsh council is a standing committee of the BMA and its remit is to 'consider matters specifically that concern Wales and, in conformity with the decisions of the representative body, deal with all such matters'.

From the birth of the first Welsh branch in 1852, the BMA grew from local activities: branches and divisions. As they proliferated across Wales, there became a need to draw their activities together, and so a Welsh committee was formed. As it developed, it transformed into Welsh council, which in turn called for the appointment of a Welsh secretary.

Welsh council elections 2017 - 2020

Nominations are sought in the election of 15 voting members of Welsh council for the session 2017 – 2020.

Find out more


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 priorities

  • Creating a Healthier NHS

  • Setting up Community pages on:
    - Professionalism: health managers to be subject to professional regulation
    - Recruitment and retention: to ensure that we have the right staff in the right place at the right time through safe and sustainable recruitment
    - Promoting equality: reduce avoidable variation in health and healthcare.


Who we are

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

We have listed the Welsh council members


Our meetings

  • Wednesday 8 June 2016, 10:30am

Meetings will be held at Hotel Novotel Cardiff Centre, Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4RT 

Come and see what we do

Our visitors scheme aims to provide an opportunity for BMA members in Wales to attend meetings and find out more about what a national committee discusses and how committees work. It is also hoped that by attending as a visitor it might encourage your interest in further participation in BMA medico-political activities.

If you are interested in attending a future meeting of Welsh Council, further information and an application form is available from Sarah Ellmes, 02920 474604 


Related links

Creating a healthier NHS for Wales

Hospital reconfiguration guide for doctors

Paper on service reviews


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