BMA membership FAQs

We answer frequently asked questions about the BMA membership.
Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Tuesday 10 March 2020
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Claims and reduced subscriptions

Am I entitled to a reduced rate if I am on maternity leave?

Yes. We will change your subscription to a lower rate once you tell us you are on maternity leave. You will automatically benefit from this reduction at your next renewal. Please complete our claim form online. 

You should let us know if you return to work before the reduced subscription ends as you won’t be eligible to receive this reduction consecutively for a third subscription year. 

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.

 

What are the salary thresholds for me to claim a reduced subscription?

If you’re permanently retired, on maternity leave, going overseas, are on a lower income or having a career break, we can offer a reduced subscription starting from £14.16pm, depending on your circumstance.

Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £16,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £170 (£14.16pm). Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £46,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £230 (£19.16pm).

I'm eligible for a reduced subscription, what do I do next?

If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please complete our claim form online

You can also call 0300 123 1233 to claim your reduced subscription over the phone.

Do you have a reduced rate for doctors who are retiring?

Yes, if you are permanently retired from all medical practice. Please complete our claim form online

You can also email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.

My spouse/partner is a member, what will my membership fee be?

If both members pay over £226 per year, one member will be entitled to a reduced subscription of £226. To qualify, both members must be registered at the same address.

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.

 

Subscriptions

When is the BMA subscription year?

The subscription year runs from 1 October to 30 September.

 

How do I join the BMA?

You can either call one of our advisors on 0300 123 1233 to join over the phone or you can join online. 

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 What are the subscription rates for BMA membership?

Depending on where you are in your career and whether you are currently working in the UK, BMA membership rates vary. See our subscription rates to find out more.

 

What are the salary thresholds for me to claim a reduced subscription?

Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £16,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £170 (£14.16pm). Members whose gross professional income is not expected to exceed £46,000 will benefit from a reduced rate of £230 (£19.16pm).

If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please complete our online claim form.

Please note that we require a new claim form to be completed each subscription year.

I'm retiring from the NHS but still working, what subscriptions rates do I pay?

This will depend on your gross earnings from all medical practice. Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 for more details.

How can I change my direct debit from monthly to annual payment, or vice versa?

There is no need to contact your bank, please call one of our advisers on 0300 123 1233 who will be happy to help. You can also login and access the link on the 'My account' page.

When am I entitled to free life membership?

After completion of being a member for 50 years.

Can you give me advice about claiming back professional fees on my tax return?

Members can claim back an element of their subscription from HMRC.

Visit the HMRC website for more details. 

As our members have differing incomes we are not qualified to give individual advice and you should contact your accountant or financial adviser should you require further advice.

I am an overseas doctor, can I become a member?

Yes, if you hold qualifications recognised by the UK General Medical Council and you are registerable with the appropriate authority where you live. You can contact the GMC for clarification on the qualifications they recognise.

Call the GMC on 0161 923 6602 or visit the GMC website

 

Going overseas

I am going overseas, how will this affect my membership?

Your membership subscription will change, which could mean a reduction in fees. Some benefits may also be affected.

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233  for more details.

I am currently overseas and will be returning to the UK, how will this affect my membership?

Your membership subscription will be adjusted accordingly and some of the benefits available may change.

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233  for more details.

 

Membership

How do I request a replacement membership card?

Please email [email protected] to request a replacement card.

How do I cancel my membership?

We're sorry to hear you're thinking about leaving. Please contact our customer services team on 0300 123 1233 so we can assist you.

I need employment advice, who do I contact?

Please call 0300 123 1233 to speak to one of our employment advisers.

 

Update your details

How do I update my details?

You can log in to the website and update your details online.

Update your personal details

Update your place-of-work details or email [email protected].

 

The BMJ

Will my subscription fees be reduced if I do not receive the paper edition of the BMJ?

Unfortunately, we can't reduce subscriptions based on specific benefits being used or not.

However, please remember that as part of your membership package you have full access to the publication on the BMJ website.

How do I stop receiving the paper copy of the BMJ?

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 with your request.

I am a final-year medical student. How can I change over to the weekly BMJ?

Please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 1233 with your request.

 

Receipts

How do I find out how much I paid for my BMA membership? Can I have a receipt for my tax return?

Please email [email protected] with your request and this information will be sent to you within three working days. Alternatively you can log in the ‘My Account’ section of the website and request a tax receipt there. 

Please note that we can only include details of subscription payments that have actually been made.

Can I obtain a copy of my tax receipt online?

Unfortunately, this is currently unavailable. We are working on having this ready soon. You can request your tax receipt via the ‘My Account’ section and the information will be sent to you.