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BMA to increase membership fees by 2%

The BMA has voted to increase the cost of membership subs by 2% next year, meaning a GP membership will increase by £9 and the organisation will bring in an more than £1 million extra a year.

During his report as BMA Treasurer at the BMA Annual Representatives Meeting in Bournemouth, GP Dr Andrew Dearden also revealed that BMA subscription income stood at £51.3m in 2016.

A 2% increase to 2016’s subscriptions would mean the BMA subscriptions are worth an extra £1,026,000 more a year.

The new fees will take effect from October this year and will see annual membership for a partner or sessional GP cost £552 a year, while GP trainees will pay £226 or £336 a year.

The BMA said this was a below inflation rise following three years of frozen fees. It was approved earlier on the day that MPs voted not to lift the 1% pay inflation cap it has imposed on  NHS staff.

In the report Dr Dearden also said there had been a spike in membership revenue as a result of the industrial action by junior doctors.

This had amounted to more than £4m in new subscriptions, though some of these subscribers had fallen away after the industrial action ended and health secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed the new contract.

A BMA spokesperson told Pulse: ‘The BMA is planning a below inflation increase to its membership fees from this October in order to invest in the ongoing improved services to members including supporting and representing members on a regional and local level.

‘The 2017-2018 increase follows three years of freezing fees.’

Readers' comments (12)

  • National Hopeless Service

    I know what the Romans did for us but I am struggling to know what the LMC/GPC & BMA does anymore.

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  • And how much has as our funding gone up this year BMA. How as the imposition of the junior Drs contract cut heir pay. Whens my renewal date I need to cancel the direct debit.What have you done for us lately!

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  • where can I sign up for some of the proceeds from these funds - as in where does it all go/who is getting paid!

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  • Cobblers

    No interest in this article. If people want to continue to pay then that's fine.

    When the BMA kept its powder dry in 1990 when Ken Clarke accused us of feeling for our wallets and started the sh1t contract that began our slow demise I left the BMA.

    Used the money to go on holiday.

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  • Dr dearden
    You negotiated the pension
    Which due to BMA weakness is now in tatters

    We are more in demand than ever but our services are less valued than ever

    A hint. Go to the RMT and learn what a union is for. Not for the public, not for HMG but for its members

    Train drivers get a very good salary because their skills are in demand and their union negotiates on their behalf

    It's time to learn

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  • BMA is Doctor's union in public eye but it puts public interest first over its member's interest. hence never spent a penny on them.

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  • Until the BMA is clear that they are only about the doctors they represent (and have nothing to do with patient care, there are enough public bodies and the doctors themselves who deal with that side ), they are not getting a single penny from me.

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  • simon sherwood- well said, BMA needs to learn from RMT, doctors union for doctors and not public, otherwise get the donation from public.

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  • Was a member in 1997 for about one year..... what a waste of money....

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  • Council of Despair

    the BMA works incredibly hard for it's members and always put the interest of the NHS and occasionally patients first. Very occasionally they do something that is useful for their members as well - so a 2% rise is not much to ask ... glad i'm not a member.

    what we need is a union that puts our interest first - when i see that I will join that union.

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