Staff Associate Specialists And Specialty Doctors Committee

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Overview of the Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty doctors Committee (SASC)

Staff, associate specialists and specialty (SAS) doctors are represented by a main committee, the UK staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor committee (SASC) UK, plus three national committees which work alongside it.


Our priorities

SASC UK works on a number of issues affecting SAS doctors. These focus on contractual issues as well as SAS development, recognition and autonomy.

View the top priorities we have been working on.


Who we are


The SASC UK chair is Dr Amit Kochhar.

Amit Kochhar BMA council comittee member 2014

Amit is Lancaster associate specialist in otolaryngology.

Deputy chairs

  • Deputy Chair with the Strategy, Policy and Procedure portfolio is Dr Farid Ahmed, associate specialist in general surgery.
  • Deputy Chair with the Negotiating portfolio is Dr Ram Kumar, associate specialist in emergency medicine.
  • Deputy Chair with the Education and Development Portfolio, Dr Rajesh Kumar, associate specialist in anaesthetics. 


Committee membership

SASC UK is made up of a representatives of each of the regional and national SASCs, along with representatives elected from the Annual Representatives Meeting and observers from other BMA branch of practice committees and relevant stakeholders.

Regional representation

There are 12 regional SAS committees in England that involve and engage SAS members on a local basis.

See who represents you.


Committee meetings

SASC UK meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting SAS doctors.

Who can come

These meetings are open to SAS committee members only.

Meetings dates for the 2018-19 session:

  • Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Thursday 6 December 2018
  • Wednesday 27 February 2019
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019

All meetings take place from 10am to 4.30pm.

Where we meet

BMA House
Tavistock Square

More information

For more information email [email protected]


Regional committee meetings

Regional SAS committees (RSASCs) meet four times a year throughout the country.

Find out the next meeting information for your region.



The 2019 SASC UK conference will take place on 21 May 2019 at BMA House, London.

The 2018 UK SASC UK conference took place on 22 May at BMA House, London. Its theme was 'Empowering SAS doctors'.