Ensure that doctors are valued
General practice and hospital services in Scotland are both desperately short of doctors. We need to be able to fill vacancies so that we can look after our patients properly while taking care of our own health. That means attracting doctors to Scotland and keeping them here by making it a good and rewarding place to train and work. We are pursuing improvements in terms and conditions of service and in addressing the pension issues affecting many doctors.
Provide high quality individual support and promote a positive workplace culture
Bullying and harassment is far too widespread in our NHS. BMA Scotland has a key role in finding solutions so our doctors can focus 100 per cent on the task at hand. Our project 'Promoting Positive Workplace Cultures' is at the heart of BMA Scotland’s priorities.
Be the voice of doctors in influencing the future of health and healthcare in Scotland
Our members have an important insight into how to improve public health and the sustainability of health services in Scotland. We are marshalling this intelligence and using it to influence through media and lobbying with constructive proposals for change. We are also calling for the public to be consulted on what they need from the health service and be told honestly how much it will cost.
Increase visibility and responsiveness of the BMA in Scotland
We are increasing the number of people working locally across Scotland, in hospitals and in members' workplaces, to hear directly what members want from the BMA so we can respond appropriately. We are developing new products and services to make sure members get maximum value for their membership.
The Scottish council ensures the voices of the medical profession in Scotland are heard. There are 35 voting members of the council, elected for a three-year term of office.
Chair: Dr Lewis Morrison
Dr Sue Robertson
Dr Nikki Thompson
A list of members of the BMA Scottish council, including voting and non-voting members.
Chair SGPC, Andrew Buist
Chair SCC, Graeme Eunson
Chair SJDC, Lewis Hughes
Chair SSASC, Bernie Scott
Chair SMSC, Matthew Murtagh (deputy) Sam Watson
President of the BMA, Professor Raanan Gillon
Chair of representative body, Helena McKeown
Treasurer of the BMA, Trevor Pickersgill
Chair of council (UK), Chaand Nagpaul
Chair, Scottish LNC Forum, Sue Robertson
Members of council (UK) whose electoral zone is Scotland
Mary Anne Burrow
Iain TR Kennedy
Anne Marie Sinclair
Medical academics - vacant
Medical students - Catriona McVey
SAS doctors - Sue Robertson
Other craft not represented - Peter Curry
Retired - Colin Currie
Immediate past chair (for one year after demitting office as Chairman) – N/A
Appointed members where the chair of a craft committee has an elected seat – vacant
Co-opted members - to be confirmed
Observers – chair, Academy of Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland – Derek Bell
Scottish council meets three times a year. Meetings are open to council members only but non-members are welcome to attend by taking part in our committee visitors scheme.
Dates for the 2019-20 session:
- Thursday 3 September 2020.
Dates for the 2020-21 session:
- Wednesday 4 November 2020
- Wednesday 24 March 2021.
All meetings take place at:
14 Queen Street
Our terms of reference
BMA Scottish council is a standing committee of the BMA and has full delegated authority to consider any and all matters of specific relevance to the medical profession and healthcare in Scotland. Scottish council determines policy and action where the application is exclusive to Scotland.
Scottish council meets three times a year (in Edinburgh) and an executive committee deals with matters between meetings.
There are 35 voting members of Scottish Council, elected for a three-year term of office.
- Eight members engaged wholly or mainly in general practice, including those in private general practice but excluding general practice registrars, to represent and be elected by members in general practice in Scotland of whom: two for East, four for West, two for North.
- Eight members employed wholly or mainly as senior hospital doctors to represent and be elected by members who are senior hospital doctors in Scotland of whom: two for East, four for West, two for North.
- Eight members who are hospital doctors in the training grades or general practice registrars to represent and be elected by members who are hospital doctors in the training grades and general practice registrars in Scotland of whom: two for East, four for West, two for North.
- One member employed wholly or mainly in the staff and associate specialist group elected by members from those groups in Scotland.
- One member employed full-time in a university or in medical research, elected by members from those groups in Scotland.
- One medical student member elected by all medical student members in Scotland.
- One retired member elected by retired members in Scotland.
- One member from other branches of practice not represented, elected by those groups in Scotland (eg civil service and armed forces, occupational health).
- Six members resident in Scotland to represent and be elected by all members in Scotland.
- East covers: Fife, Lothian, and Scottish Borders.
- West covers: Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Stewartry, Dumbarton, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Wigtown.
- North covers: Angus, Caithness, Dundee, Grampian, Inverness, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Ross and Cromarty, Shetland, Sutherland and Western Isles.
Non-voting members are the chief officers of the association; the chairs of the SCC, SGPC, SJDC, SMASC, SSASC and SMSC; chair of Scottish LNC forum, those members of Scottish council who are also members of UK council and the immediate past chair of Scottish council for a period of one year after demitting office as chair. The chair of the Academy of Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland is also a non-voting member.
Scottish council has the power to co-opt two additional non-voting members where specific expertise is required.
The most recent BMA Scottish council elections took place in 2020 for a three-year term.
The next elections will take place in 2023.
Get in touch
We are happy to answer any questions, give advice, or help on any matter related to Scottish council.
Scottish council secretariat
14 Queen Street
Telephone: 0131 2473010
Email: Fiona Dawson ([email protected])