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About the BMA

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the doctors’ professional organisation established to look after the professional and personal needs of our members. The BMA represents doctors in all branches of medicine all over the UK and offers concessionary rates to junior doctors.

Visit our website for full details about membership benefits and how to join (data connection required).

Advice When You Need It

BMA Employment Advisers

For all your employment queries for BMA members.

Call us on 0300 123 1233
From 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except UK-wide bank holidays).
Email [email protected] (data connection required).
Visit (data connection and website login required).

Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

Confidential, nationwide, non-stop advice and counselling for doctors and medical students.

Call us on 08459 200 169
24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We Represent Doctors Locally and Nationally

National Representation

Our branch of practice and specialist committees negotiate nationally, hold annual conferences and report to BMA council.

Our professional activities and special interest committees promote excellence on ethical, scientific, research, educational and international matters.

Regional Representation

Consultants, juniors and SAS doctors each have regional committees. In England, BMA members sit on Regional Councils.

Local Representation

Over 200 local BMA Divisions across the UK, allow for members to debate local matters with their local peers.

GPs also have local representation by Local Medical Committees (LMCs).

All hospital doctors are represented locally by Local Negotiating Committees (LNCs).

We are Your Trade Union and Professional Body

Trade Union and Professional Association

We stand up for doctors both individually and collectively on a wide variety of employment issues and, since the inception of the NHS, we have been formally recognised for collective bargaining purposes within national negotiating machinery and by individual employers at local level.

The BMA as a Professional Body

Through research and publishing we lead debate on key ethical, scientific and public health matters and award grants to encourage individual research in medicine.

Working with other bodies

We also work with a number of other professional bodies on issues which we, our members, or their patients have a legitimate interest.

Our Values

We are for doctors, because we are doctors.

Our insight and understanding helps us defend your interests when it matters most and fight hard to champion the profession.

We seek to guide doctors throughout all stages of their career - from medical school to retirement - through cultural shifts, technological advancements and economic pressures, we uphold and promote your interests in the context of continual evolution.

We are a democratic and open organisation. We ensure your collective voice is heard and shapes the future agenda of health for the nation.

We are the British Medical Association – for doctors, for health.