Medical ethics committee overview

The MEC (medical ethics committee) debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors Patients and public
Updated: Tuesday 21 September 2021
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​The MEC (medical ethics committee) is made up of BMA members from a wide range of specialties and experience, alongside lay members who are experts in their fields including theology, law and moral philosophy.


Our priorities

  • The MEC debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state.
  • The committee liaises with the General Medical Council (GMC) on all ethical matters affecting medical practice.
  • The MEC is supported by the ethics secretariat, who also produce detailed guidance and discussion papers on a wide range of medico-ethical issues and offer individual ethical advice to members.


Our people

Chair: Dr John Chisholm
Deputy chair: Dr Ian Wilson


Sir Harry Burns

Chief officers
Chair of the representative body: Dr Latifa Patel
Chair of council: Dr Chaand Nagpaul
Deputy chair of council: Dr David Wrigley
Treasurer: Dr Trevor Pickersgill

Elected by the representative body
Dr John Chisholm
Professor Baroness Ilora Finlay
Dr Surendra Kumar
Professor Raanan Gillon
Dr JS Bamrah
Dr Grace Allport
Dr Zoe Greaves

Elected by council
Dr Ian Wilson
Dr Preeti Shukla
Dr Jacqueline Davis

Appointed by council
Professor Bobbie Farsides
Professor Robin Gill
Professor Emily Jackson
David Lock QC
Dr Mary Neal
Professor Richard Huxtable
Professor Gurch Randhawa
Professor Dominic Wilkinson

Dr Simon Tavabie
Dr Andrew Green

BMA patient liaison group: Christine Douglass
General Medical Council: Mark Swindells
Royal College of Nursing: Dr Janet Holt

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Our meetings

The committee meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting the medical profession. Our meetings are open to all elected medical ethics representatives, but non-members can apply to attend via the committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Tuesday 12 October 2021
  • Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022


How to join the MEC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the MEC, these are: 

ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for 7 seats on MEC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

Of the nominees, BMA council elects a further three seats for a one-session term. 

Other appointments

BMA council appoints a further 8 external members to represent the medical profession and disciplines such as law, moral philosophy, natural sciences or other health professions for a one-session term.

Representatives from the General Medical Council, the Royal College of Nursing and BMA patient liaison group sit on the committee as observers.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



Elections to the medical ethics committee are now closed.


Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the medical ethics committee, please email [email protected].