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Membership FAQs

You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions about BMA membership below.

If you can't find the information you need, please email membership@bma.org.uk or call us on 0300 123 1233.


  • 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 and return it as detailed above.

    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 membership@bma.org.uk 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 £13.83pm, depending on your circumstance.

    Earning less than £11,221 will allow you to claim the salary link A option and earning between £11,221 and £38,763 will allow you to claim the salary link B option. 

    If you are on maternity leave, you are automatically eligible for the salary link A option. Please see 'Am I entitled to a reduced rate if I am on maternity leave?' (below) for details.

     

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

    If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please complete our claim form and return it to the Membership Department, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP.

    You can also email your form to membership@bma.org.uk, or 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 and return it as detailed above.

    You can also email membership@bma.org.uk 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 membership@bma.org.uk 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:

    Join the BMA

     

    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 page to find out more.

     

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

    Earning less than £11,110 will allow you to claim the salary link A option and earning between £11,110 and £38,380 will allow you to claim the salary link B option. If you qualify for a reduced subscription, please send an email to membership@bma.org.uk with your request for a 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 membership@bma.org.uk 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

     

  • 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 membership@bma.org.uk 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 membership@bma.org.uk or call 0300 123 1233 with your request.

     

  • 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 membership@bma.org.uk 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 membership@bma.org.uk or call 0300 123 1233  for more details.

     

  • 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 membership@bma.org.uk with your request and this information will be sent to you within seven working days.

    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.

     

  • 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 info.pow@bma.org.uk.

     

  • Membership

    How do I request a replacement membership card?

    Please email membership@bma.org.uk 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.