BMA membership hits record high, highlighting doctors’ support for industrial action

BMA press release.

Location: England
Published: Wednesday 19 July 2023
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Latest figures, released by the BMA, reveal record numbers of doctors joining the association, with membership at an all-time high. 

Total BMA membership currently stands at 190,366, up by more than 25,000 compared with this time last year. The increase is mainly driven by junior doctors, with 21,000 joining the BMA since the start of the year. The number of consultants registered as BMA members has also risen, by 4, 244. 

The figure eclipses the previous membership record of 173,000, which was set at the end of October 2022. 

The influx of new members comes in the midst of industrial action by both junior doctors and consultants. Commenting on the record-breaking membership figures, BMA council deputy chair Emma Runswick said this was a clear signal to the Government of doctors’ unity across the NHS: 

“Thousands of doctors are joining the BMA to fight for better pay and conditions. We are united against the devaluing of our profession. Consultants are preparing for their first multi-day strike since the 1970s, and there is more industrial action on the horizon. When thousands of doctors and medical students come together in the BMA, we can win improvements to our working lives and with that, the care we give to patients.”


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The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.  

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