Medical Ethics Committee

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Overview of the Medical Ethics Committee (MEC)

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The MEC is made up of BMA members from a wide range of specialties and experience and lay members who are experts in their field of theology, law and moral philosophy.


Our priorities

The Committee debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state. It also liaises with the General Medical Council (GMC) on all matters of ethics affecting medical practice.

The Committee is supported by the Ethics Secretariat who also produce detailed guidance and discussion papers on a wide range of medico-ethical issues and offer individual ethical advice to members over the phone or email.


Who we are


The MEC chair is Dr John Chisholm.

John has particular interests in patient rights, human rights, organ donation, the confidentiality and security of personal health information, professional standards, medical regulation, and criminal justice.


Deputy chair

The deputy chair is Zoe Greaves.

Zoe Greaves junior doctors committee 2014

Zoe is a GP trainee working in the North East of England and has an interest in practical and applied ethics and public health medicine.


Committee membership

Find out who sits on the committee


Our meetings

The committee meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues.

Who should attend

The meetings are only open to committee members.

Meeting dates for the 2019-20 session

  • Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Monday 16 December 2019
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020
  • Wednesday 6 May 2020


9am to 5pm


BMA House
Tavistock Square

More information

For more information email [email protected].