Expulsion of BMA members

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.630 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:630

Legality of expulsion would be questionable under British and European law

  1. Harry Jacobs,
  2. P J Tomlin
  1. Chairman, Society of Clinical Psychiatrists Study Group The Coach House, Rochford, Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3AH
  2. Secretary, Society of Clinical Psychiatrists Study Group Radnor House, The Headlands, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3HJ

    EDITOR,—The proposal that the BMA should have the power to expel members must be greeted with alarm.1 The association is a monopoly trade union for all doctors and jealously guards its sole negotiating rights. It thus has a special responsibility to ensure that it represents all doctors and not just those who cause no bother. In future only former members will be able to sue it. The proposal to take away the right …

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