Scotland SAS committee

The Scotland SAS committee represents staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors working in Scotland. Find out about the committee’s priorities, members, meetings and how to get involved.

Location: Scotland
Audience: SAS doctors
Last reviewed: 1 April 2022
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​SSASC (the Scotland SAS committee) represents staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors working in Scotland. It has full delegated authority to negotiate on devolved matters.

Read our guidance for new and existing members


Our priorities

The committee is working on a number of matters affecting SAS doctors in Scotland.

New SAS contract

In March 2021, we have resumed discussions with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers on SAS contract reform in Scotland.

Stay up to date on the contract negotiations

Improving the working lives of SAS doctors

SSASC progressed work with the Scottish Government and NHS Employers in Scotland as part of the Improving SAS Doctors’ Working Lives Group, set up to look at the attractiveness of the SAS grade in Scotland. The group explores how to ensure full implementation of the Scottish SAS Charter and all NHS boards in Scotland have been reminded of the need for compliance with the SAS Charter, with a focus on specific priority areas such as job planning and clinical coding. NHS boards were asked to ensure that by the end of 2019 they had processes in place to ensure that when SAS doctors have overall responsibility for patients, that this is accurately recorded under the name of the individual SAS doctor through clinical coding.

The focus has now moved to contract negotiations for Scottish SAS doctors.

SAS doctor training and development

The SAS professional development fund in Scotland provides funding to support SAS doctors in Scotland pursue development and education opportunities. It is overseen by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) - supported by an associate postgraduate dean - and has BMA SAS doctor representation on its programme board, whose function is to provide strategic overview and direction for the SAS development programme, and to act as a decision-making panel to prioritise applications to the fund. There is a network of regional educational advisers, all of whom are SAS doctors, as is the associate postgraduate dean.

SSASC continues to highlight the vast benefits of the fund to SAS doctors in Scotland. 

Read more about the fund


Our people

Chair: Bernie Scott (supernumerary)

Deputy chair: Paul Yang


Ayrshire and Arran
Rifat R M Mohamed

Pinky Yadav

Dumfries and Galloway
Sharukh Sami

Fraz Ansari

Forth Valley
Mustafa Shahin

Bharani Premkumar

Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Catriona Forsyth
Morag Gorrie
Iain Fergie


Paul Zichu Yang

Jennifer Mackenzie 
Louise Rennie

Sine Steele

NHS special health board or island health board
Jayne Hughes

One member appointed by the British Dental Association
John Ho-a-yun

One member elected to the SAS seat on Scottish council (unless already a voting member of SSASC in another capacity)
Thisara Weerasuriya

Non-voting members
Scottish council chair: Lewis Morrison
SAS doctors committee (UK) chair ex officio: TBC
Scottish consultants committee chair (or nominee): TBC
Scottish junior doctors committee nominee: TBC

Those members, resident in Scotland, appointed by the BMA representative body to the UK SASC, unless already a member of the committee in another capacity.

Any SAS doctor elected to a Scotland seat on Scottish council, unless already a member of the committee in another capacity: TBC

Co-opted members: TBC

Head of secondary care: Sean Gallimore
Assistant secretary: Scott Anderson
Senior policy executive: Janette Moran
Committee policy executive: Fiona Dawson

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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live our BMA behaviour principles.
Find out more

Our meetings

SSASC meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting SAS doctors in Scotland. These meetings are open to members of the Scotland SAS committee only, but non-voting BMA members can come along and participate as part of the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Tuesday 8 February 2022
  • Wednesday 4 May 2022

Meetings are currently held virtually or at, depending on BMA and government advice:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street


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 SSASC, these are:

Local negotiating committees
  • Seats/term - every year, LNCs elect 14 representatives for a one-session term. Seats are distributed evenly between boards based on the number of SAS doctors employed in the board area. Where no nominations are received via this route, direct elections will be held.

Contact your local negotiating committee

Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for two seats on SSASC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in July or August.
  • Eligibility - all SAS doctors who are BMA members and working in an NHS special health board or an island health board, are eligible to stand and vote in this election.

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 SSAS committee are now closed.


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the SSASC, email us. ​