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.
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.
Chair: Dr Vishal Sharma
Dr Krishan Aggarwal
Dr Tony Goldstone
- 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).
- 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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Due to the significance of pensions matters to BMA members currently, the pensions committee presently meets four times a year.
Only members of the committee (or invited observers) may attend meetings of the pensions committee.
- July 2021 meeting date TBC
All meetings take place either virtually or at:
How to join the PC
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:
- 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 2021 to 2022
The PC is holding elections for 4 seats for a one-session term, with no more than two members from the same type of medical practice and no more than two male members.
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 Monday 5 July 2021 to 10am on Monday 13 September 2021.
- Ballot - from 1pm on Monday 13 September to 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.
Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections.
Results will be announced from Friday 17 September 2021 on the election portal.
If you have any questions about these elections, please email us.
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.