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Preparations are now well underway for this year’s BMA Junior Doctor Conference on the 2nd of May – the conference where junior doctors create new BMA trade union policy through debating and voting on motions formed by junior doctor members, for junior doctor members. Registration this year has been extremely successful - a sign that members yet again are keen to get involved and shape policy.
The conference agenda committee, which I chair, are working to make the conference more efficient, accountable, and transparent than ever before, and therefore this year will see several new changes trialled, both to the format and process.
We have listened closely to feedback from previous conferences and, in particular, recognised the preference for quality of motions over quantity, and for a democratic, member-led process of motion selection for the agenda. We have adopted the following changes to the motion selection process to reflect this:
Members in the regions and devolved nations
We are working hard to give Regional/Devolved Nation Chairs and committees as much support as possible in ensuring local members are able to obtain trade union leave to attend conference. We will be working directly with Industrial Relations Officers to galvanise this process where local members and committees continue to face challenges.
We will be bringing vital updates to the conference app, having endorsed its involvement in the current BMA Digital Review. We hope these changes will further enhance a smoother, paperless conference, fit for purpose for the new decade!
The agenda committee are working hard to bring these big changes to you, and hope for your patience and support as we evolve and develop conference into a more accountable, transparent, and efficient space for members to create change. But more than that, we hope that we can count on you, the junior doctor membership, to harness this change, champion it, take it forward, and lead a new chapter in creating a conference, and subsequently a union, that truly is by junior doctors, for junior doctors.
Whether you are joining us at Conference itself in May, the grassroots seminar the day before, submitting a motion for consideration, or simply engaging with your colleagues on the changes you want to see debated at conference; we want you to speak up, be heard, and #leadthechange.
Find out more and register for the junior doctors conference 2020