Armed Forces Committee

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Overview of the Armed Forces Committee (AFC)

The AFC represents the serving doctors and civilian doctors in the armed forces and the reserve armed forces.

Our remit is to consider matters relating to the medical branches, of the armed forces and the medical branches of the reserve armed forces and so far as possible to ensure that medical officers serving in the medical branches of the armed forces are not disadvantaged in relation to their civilian and military counterparts.

The committee: 

  • Produces evidence to ensure members are compensated fairly
  • Organises an annual conference for members based on a theme
  • Lobbies ministers, MPs, peers and the press on issues of concern to armed forces doctors
  • Builds a strong working relationship with the surgeon general's department
  • Represents civilian doctors working for the defence medical services (elected negotiators meet with the Ministry of Defence biannually).

 

Our priorities

View the top priorities we have been working on.

 

Who we are 

Chair

The AFC chair is Dr Glynn Evans

Armed forces committee chair 2016, Colonel Glynn Evans

 

The AFC deputy chair is Dr Sarah Hollis

Armed forces committee 2016, Sarah Hollis

 

Constitution

Members ex officio

The one armed forces representative on Council, if not otherwise a member. A representative from the Ministry of Defence, as adviser and without the right to vote.

Members elected or appointed by the representative body

Two (to sit on the committee for two BMA sessions) who are serving officers, reservists, or former regular officers, of which only one may be retired from the service. Those who were conscripted into the armed forces under the terms of national service may not stand for election to the armed forces committee.

Members elected or appointed by Council

Two (to sit on the committee for two BMA sessions) who are serving officers, reservists, or former regular officers, of which only one may be retired from the service. Those who were conscripted into the armed forces under the terms of national service may not stand for election to the armed forces committee.

Otherwise elected or appointed:

  • All members elected and/or appointed under this section will sit on the committee for a term of two BMA sessions. 
  • Two appointed by the British Dental Association.
  •  Eight regular officers elected by all serving BMA members (at least one from each service, at least one to be a hospital consultant, at least one to be a general practitioner and at least two trainees).
  • Three reserve officers, one from each of the three branches of the armed forces, elected by BMA members in the reserve services.
  • One elected representative of all civilian doctors employed by the Ministry of Defence.
  • One medical student.
  • The armed forces representative on the registrars subcommittee of the general practitioners committee.Those who were conscripted into the armed forces under the terms of national service may not stand for election to the armed forces committee.

Our meetings

We meet three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting doctors employed in the armed forces.

Who should attend

Only committee members may vote at meetings, however, BMA members and non-members are welcome to attend meetings under the BMA committee visitors scheme. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact us [email protected] to register your interest.

Meeting dates for the 2018-19 session:

  • Tuesday 2 October 2018, from 1.30pm to 5pm 
  • Tuesday 22 January 2019, from 1.30pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 2 May 2019, from 10am to 1.30pm

Venue

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

All meetings take place from 1.30 to 5.30pm.

More information

Please contact Catherine Steele at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like more information.

Conference

The armed forces conference 2019 will take place at BMA House on 1 May 2019. The conference will consider a range of topical issues affecting both reserve and regular armed forces doctors.

The civilian doctors conference will be held on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Find out more and view the 2018 conference flickr gallery