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The BMA's main function is as a trade union and professional association for doctors. Our signposting resource is aimed at patients and the public to help you find out more about how the NHS works and how it can be navigated.
The responsibility for deciding how local hospital and community health services are provided falls to local organisations called clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
Tips for patients to help you keep well and self care through the winter months.
The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive. Find out what this means for you.
Find out how you can raise concerns about the care you've received, whether in the NHS or privately, for GP and hospital care.
GPs sometimes charge fees for certain certificates and services. Find out why and when you can expect to be asked to pay for services.
You can check whether a doctor is registered to practise on the GMC’s online database that lists all doctors qualified to practise medicine in the UK.
Specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and training in a specific area of medicine. Read frequently asked questions about seeing a specialist doctor.
We can’t provide patients and the public with contact details of our members. However, there are a variety of organisations that hold information about UK doctors.
Information for patients who are referred by their GP to see a specialist or consultant.
Members of the public can get in touch with the BMA by phone or email:
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The Patient Liaison Group (PLG) was established in 2004 to provide a formal mechanism by which patients are represented within the BMA.
Access resources such as working together for better health, which aims to improve patients' understanding of their role in the NHS.
Shape the BMA's views on key healthcare issues, ranging from patient confidentiality and NHS reforms to organ donation and social care.