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Trade Unions for UK Doctors


What is a trade union?

A trade union is an organisation made up of members (usually workers and employees) who will look after their interests at work by doing things like:

  • negotiating agreements with employers on pay and conditions
  • discussing big changes like large scale redundancy
  • discussing members’ concerns with employers
  • going with members to disciplinary and grievance meetings

How can a trade union support me?

Trade unions are committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities, and creating an inclusive environment for their members. They are devoted solely to the interest of all hospital doctors and are responsive to their member’s views on all major issues. Ways that a trade union can offer support to doctors include:

  • Advice and support
  • Negotiation and representation
  • Promoting the role of hospital doctors and specialty medicine
  • Campaigning for the future of the NHS

Trade unions for UK doctors

The two official trade unions for doctors in the UK are;

  • The British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Hospital Consultants & Specialists Association (HCSA)

For further information about what the BMA and HCSA offer, please visit their websites.


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