BMA as a Professional Body
More than just a trade union Doctors are involved in all walks of life and our policies similarly range from medical ethics and public health issues to the state of the NHS – for many people the BMA is the British medical profession. Healthcare is continually evolving and, as well as guiding doctors throughout their careers, we promote the medical and allied sciences, seek to maintain the honor and interests of the medical profession and promote the achievement of high-quality healthcare. Through research and publishing, we lead debate on key ethical, scientific and public health matters and award grants to encourage individual research in medicine. We also contribute to all stages of medical education from admission to medical school to continuing professional development. We shape the future agenda of health for the nation and the research that’s undertaken feeds into and develops new policy. Our work makes a significant contribution to the profession’s dialogue with the government and media on scientific issues affecting public health.
Join the debate on key scientific and public health matters World-renowned publisher With our publishing arm BMJ, we are leading global publishers of medical information, producing a wide range of journals, reports, books, guides, and online products and services. Visit the new BMJ website What we don’t do We are not responsible for registering doctors, which is the responsibility of the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC protects, promotes and maintains the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. Doctors must be registered with the GMC to practice medicine in the UK. We are not a Medical Defence Organisation (MDO), which provides doctors with insurance cover for the work they do outside of that covered by the NHS. This can include work in primary care, in the private sector, or voluntary work. We do not discipline doctors – this is the province of the employer or the GMC. Visit the General Medical Council (GMC) website Working with other bodies We cooperate with a wide range of other organizations to meet our objectives. Through the Joint Medical Consultative Council and with the medical royal colleges, we advise the government on standards within the NHS hospital service. To ensure that your voice is always heard we also have joint committees with other bodies that consider and act on matters of common interest and we elect representatives to sit on committees of other relevant organizations. We give evidence to government departments, parliamentary select committees, the National Audit Office and any other body enquiring into an issue in which we, our members or their patients have a legitimate interest. Common contacts Academy of Royal Colleges Joint Medical Consultative Council National Health Service Department of Health General Medical Council Medical Schools Council British Dental Association BMA Charities An independent body, BMA Charities provides one-off grants or interest-free loans, to assist doctors (not only BMA members), their families or dependents at times of need. Find out more Website imagery Our thanks to the following whose assistance and cooperation was greatly appreciated in sourcing many of the images on this website: Borders Hospital Scotland Carl Whitham (photographer) Doctors and staff at The King Street Surgery, Paisley Nigel Hudson (photographer) Royal Berkshire Hospital Sheffield University Medical School Tony Marsh