Doctors and medical politicsBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1519 (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1519
- Douglas Carnall
- Editorial Registrar BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
Why don't they get involved?
Although membership of the BMA has risen to its highest level ever, and continues to rise, doctors' enthusiasm to join the organisation is not reflected in participation in its work. Likewise, the Royal College of Physicians of London is seeking greater participation from members1 and proposals to reform the way in which its fellows elect the ruling council and the president have been mooted. The president's working party of the General Medical Council is exploring ways to improve the participation of doctors in its elections. Yet the vast majority of doctors take no active part in any of these organisations. Nominations for the BMA's Council are sought in this issue of the Journal (see p 1576) amid increasing concern about the level of participation of doctors in the bodies that govern the profession.
Last year's BMA council elections illustrate the problem: 32 of the elections for the 43 directly elected constituencies were uncontested and two seats were left vacant. Yet the BMA's council is …