Professional fees committee overview

The PFC (professional fees committee) consults and negotiates fees on behalf of doctors on a range of additional work that falls outside their NHS contracts.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Friday 23 July 2021
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​The PFC (professional fees committee) represents the BMA on all matters relating to non-NHS, non-contractual medical service work, such as local and central government work, medico-legal work, insurance work and a wide range of reports, examinations and certificates for patients or third parties.

This includes consulting with Government and other organisations on work implications for the doctor involved and, where possible, negotiating fees for this.

 

Our priorities

  • The committee is currently working on a range of issues that apply to doctors across the profession, including work requested by the Department for Work and Pensions, safeguarding report work, and the ongoing death certification reforms.
  • The PFC has worked closely with the Home Office and the GPC (general practitioners committee) in drafting updated guidance for GPs on firearms licensing, which has now been issued to LMCs (local medical committees).

 

Our people

Chair: Peter Holden

Members

The following shows the doctors the committee is comprised of and who they were appointed by.

Member who undertakes on average at least four sessions each week for central government departments, agencies or their contractors - Simon Minkoff.

One by the CC (consultants committee) - vacant.

Two by the GPC (general practitioners committee) - Bob Morley and Om Aggarwal.

One by the JDC (junior doctors committee) - Stephen MacAleer.

One by the OMC (occupational medicine committee) - Susan Robson.

One by the PPC (private practice committee) - Antonia Petreanu.

One by the SASC (staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors committee) - Arun Menon.

One by BMA Scottish council - Iain Kennedy.

One by BMA Northern Ireland council - Aaron Milligan.

One by BMA Welsh council - David Bailey.

Two by the representative body - Robert Barnett and Marie-Estella McVeigh.

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Our meetings

The committee meets three times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting the profession. These meetings are only open to committee members.

There are no current future dates.

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

 

How to join PFC

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 PFC, these are: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for one seat on PFC take place for a one-session term. 
  • Timeline - elections take place in June or July.
  • Eligibility - all doctors who meet the specified criteria for each seat are eligible to stand and vote in these elections. The criteria will be specified in the elections section below.  
ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for three seats on PFC 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.  

 

Elections

Elections to the Professional fees committee are now closed. 

 

Get in touch

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