ARM 2021 highlights

See highlights from our last ARM (annual representative meeting), which was hosted virtually from 13 - 14 September 2021.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 20 December 2021
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This year's theme was 'Build back together: supporting our members, supporting our NHS'.

  • Almost 500 doctors came together, from all parts of the profession and across the UK, to debate the issues that matter to you.
  • Your representatives challenged and considered the motions on behalf of the profession, to decide BMA policy for the coming year and beyond. 
  • The key debates were streamed live throughout the event. 


ARM 2021 webcast

Concerns have been expressed by some members about some of the language used during the Annual Representative Meeting debate of motions 14 and 19 on sex workers and conversion therapy respectively. Formal complaints relating to these motions have now been referred to our independent external complaints process.

In order to allow the complaints process to properly and fairly consider the serious concerns that have been raised we have held off from publishing the recording of the debate so that we can consider the outcome of that process.

Our counselling service is open 24/7 to all doctors and medical students, regardless of BMA membership. It’s confidential and free of charge. Call 0330 123 1245 or visit our wellbeing support area. There is always someone you can talk to.

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Chair's speech to ARM 2021

BMA chair of council Chaand Nagpaul spoke at the annual representative meeting on 13 September 2021.

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Presidents in conversation

BMA president Professor Sir Harry Burns talks to BMA president elect Professor Neena Modi about the year just gone and the year ahead.

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ARM 2021 Resolutions

Find the resolutions passed for morning and afternoon sessions on day 1 and day 2 of ARM 2021.

Day 1 morning - resolutions passed

Day 1 afternoon - resolutions passed

Day 2 morning - resolutions passed

Day 2 afternoon - resolutions passed


ARM 2021 draft minutes

Key reports and presentations

In the lead up to ARM, we published reports and presentations from all committees, national and regional council and policy groups.

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BMA Victor Horsley scientific sessions

The BMA hosted a series of virtual scientific lectures for BMA members, which took place on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Select a title to find out more about each session and to watch it back.

Obesity: causes and consequences

Speaker: Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Professor of Metabolism, Cambridge Cardiovascular, University of Cambridge.

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The alcohol pandemic: before and after Covid-19

Speaker: Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Director, Liverpool Centre for Alcohol Research and Chairman, Alcohol Health Alliance UK.

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Why the Paris treaty can be a public health treaty

Speaker: Dr Maria Neira, Director, Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO

What it covered: in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time described climate change as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Since then, the science has become unequivocally clear: climate change impacts our health in many ways, including by intensifying extreme events such as wildfires and floods, enhancing the spread of vector-borne and water-borne diseases, decreasing air quality, reducing nutrition levels in crops, displacing populations, and disrupting health systems.

As the foremost global agreement to protect the global community from runaway climate change, the Paris Agreement is fundamentally a public health agreement, says Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director for the Department of Environment, Climate change and Health. In this BMA Victor Horsley Scientific Lecture, Dr Neira explains why decision-makers need to act “in the name of health” in this decisive decade for action on climate change, and shares some of the tools and solutions at their disposal to do so.

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ARM 2021 election results

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The next elections will take place in 2022.


ARM 2021 agenda and appendices