Pensions committee overview

The pension committee represents doctors in the UK. Find out more about our members, meetings and priorities.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 29 April 2022
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The PC (pensions committee) takes responsibility for all questions relating to superannuation and compensation, working closely with branch of practice committees and devolved nations on these issues.

The committee aims to increase awareness and educate BMA members on pensions issues and lobbies governments across the UK to maximise members pensions rights.


Our priorities

A key area of focus for the pensions committee is annual allowance. Punitive taxation measures are negatively affecting members across the four nations. The BMA has lobbied the Department of Health and HM Treasury to resolve the issue.

The committee also works on a number of other issues affecting doctors including annualisation, ill-health retirement and numerous legal cases.


Our people

Chair: Dr Vishal Sharma

Deputy chairs: 
Dr Krishan Aggarwal
Dr Tony Goldstone


Voting members

  • One member elected by the consultants committee
  • One member elected by the public health medicine committee
  • One member elected by the junior doctors committee
  • One member elected by the staff, associate specialists & specialty doctors committee
  • One member elected by the medical academic staff committee
  • One member elected by the armed forces committee
  • Three members elected by the general practitioners committee
  • One member elected by Northern Ireland council
  • One member elected by Scottish council
  • One member elected by Welsh council
  • One member appointed by the British Dental Association
  • Four members elected by the representative body (no more than two of whom may be from the same branch of practice and no more than two of whom shall be male).

Ex-officio non-voting

  • The chief officers of the BMA

The committee is empowered to co-opt up to three non-voting members to ensure sufficient expertise is represented on the committee.

The committee may also invite observers to attend meetings of the committee.

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Our meetings

Only members of the committee (or invited observers) may attend meetings of the pensions committee.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 24 November 2021
  • Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • Thursday 16 June 2022

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square


How to join

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 PC, this is: 

ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for four seats on the PC 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.

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.  



ARM elections 2022 to 2023

The pensions committee is holding elections for 4 seats for a one-session term.

No more than two of whom may be from the same branch of practice and no more than two of whom shall be male.


To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member 
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Friday 29 April 2022 to 10am on Monday 27 June 2022.
  • Ballot - from 2pm on Monday 27 June 2022 to 12pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022.


Results will be announced from Friday 1 July 2022 at 5pm on the election portal.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the elections

If you have any questions about these elections, please email [email protected]


Get in touch

For any queries for the pensions committee, regarding pensions policy or related matters, please contact [email protected]. For any individual pensions queries please contact the pensions department.

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