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Council committee elections 2018

Elections to committees of council

Nominations are invited from members for the following:

Working party on the GMC - five members for one year

Medico-legal committee - three members for two years

Patient liaison group - two members for three years

If you wish to stand for election to these committees, please email a typed CV by the deadline of 9.00am on Monday 23 July 2018 to David Ennis. The CV should be no longer than one side of A4 paper and tailored to the particular committee(s) for which you wish to stand. Included within the CV should be a statement outlining how your views, philosophy and experience would enable you to contribute to the terms of reference of the committees. Please note that CVs which exceed one side of A4 paper cannot be accepted.

After 23 July 2018 ballot papers will be drawn up and emailed to voting members of council, together with members' CVs.


Working party on the GMC

Five members to be elected by council for one year.

Terms of reference

To consider matters relating to the General Medical Council, including matters referred to it by BMA council or other committees.


Five members appointed by council and one representative from each of the seven major branch of practice committees, with the power to co-opt other members for special purposes with the treasurer’s permission. All members of the working party have voting rights.


Medico-legal committee

Three members to be elected by council for two years.

Terms of reference

To consider and report on medico-legal issues of direct concern to the profession, including those referred to the committee by BMA council, other BMA committees and external bodies.


Three members elected by council and one representative each of the PHMC, CC, GPC, SASC, MEC, JDC and PFC with power to co-opt for one year.

Dependent on the issues to be discussed by the committee, a representative from private practice committee (PPC) can be co-opted if, following elections, the PPC is not otherwise represented on the committee.


Patient liaison committee

Two medical members to be elected by council for three years. Read the patient liaison group doctor member role profile.



  1. 16 members; comprising 11 appointed patient/carer (‘lay’) representatives and five doctors (council chair, three members elected by Council, and one appointed member who shall not have served on the UK or a national council or a UK standing committee, board or other BMA UK representative group in the preceding two years or be a candidate for election to such groups).
  2. Lay members of the PLG can normally serve for a maximum term of five years; with reappointment on a yearly basis. Lay members who have served a maximum term of five years on the PLG would not normally be eligible for re-appointment or co-option after this term. The only exception would occur when a lay member was elected as chair of the PLG in his/her fifth year on the committee. In these circumstances, the individual concerned would be able to serve a two year term as chair. Lay members are appointed by a panel of three comprising the chair, deputy chair and one ordinary member, with a ratio of two lay members to one doctor member.
  3. Three doctor representatives, not necessarily members of council, are elected by council to serve a term of three years. They may stand for re-election for a further term of three years.
  4. The doctor member who has not served previously on BMA UK committees may serve on the PLG for a maximum term of five years: an initial term of three years and re-appointment for one year on two further occasions. This doctor member is appointed by a panel of three comprising the chair, deputy chair and one ordinary member, with a ratio of two lay members to one doctor.
  5. Election to the positions of chair and deputy chair is by nomination or self-nomination.

Terms of reference

  1. To advise on matters of BMA policy from the perspective of patients and the public.
  2. To put forward matters for consideration with regard to future policy development.


Information for Memorandum of Understanding letters and declarations for internal elections

The elections memorandum of understanding will apply to all committee members and posts in the BMA.  Candidates for election to posts will be asked to declare that they have read the memorandum of understanding when submitting their nominations.

The BMA can only function with the contributions of those members who seek election as representatives. Thank you for making the commitment to help represent your colleagues. In order that elected BMA representatives can work together effectively the following principles are important.

  • When you are speaking to or communicating in the broadcast, print or social media as an elected BMA representative, or are identified as such, you must honestly represent the views of the BMA.
  • When speaking in a personal capacity you must explicitly ask not to be identified as an elected BMA representative.
  • Committee officers must coordinate media engagements with the press office.
  • You must declare conflicts of interest to your committee chair/committee secretary as appropriate.
  • You must uphold the confidentiality of your committee when requested. If in doubt, ask the chair of the committee.
  • As a member of the medical profession and as an elected representative, you must behave in a professional manner at all times. Robust debate is sometimes essential in forming policy, but you must always treat patients, colleagues and staff with respect.
  • In standing for election you agree to uphold these principles.

(Agreed by council, March 2017)