We are a politically left-wing group of doctors and medical students who organise together. We stand for:
*Rank and file organisation* – workplace level organisation is key, with active reps. We will push for resources and training, and a focus on recruitment and organising to increase our industrial strength and improve the lives of members.
*Democracy and transparency *– the BMA should be easy to engage with and have an active internal life. We are happy to share our arguments and votes for scrutiny, and continue to campaign for more open decision making. We will be transparent with our use of BMA members money.
*Fighting for our members and the NHS* – our members and our health service are our priorities. We want good conditions of work and study, and we believe that means fighting for the NHS to remain publicly provided, publicly and well funded, and publicly accountable too. We feel the same about higher education, and have fought against marketisation particularly with regard to fees and privatisation.
In order to achieve these aims as a group we communicate prior to/during meetings to shape and make the most of the agenda, make recommendations and highlight candidates in elections that share these aims
This is not a secret group therefore anyone that agrees to the above and wishes to join would be welcome to providing there’s no evidence they don’t support those things.
About Doctors’ Broadsheet
Doctors’ Broadsheet is the website for the Broad Left in the BMA. We use this website for a variety of activities
Writing – we have news and opinion articles on healthcare politics and trade unionism, particularly focused on the BMA and the working conditions of doctors and medical students with the NHS
Openness and accountability – we use the website to model how we envisage the BMA should be. We are committed to being open with each other and other BMA members about our work, the arguments we are making and our voting records.
We welcome involvement from other BMA representatives and members, and sometimes other trade unionists, who are in broad agreement with our platform and aim to critically engage with ideas from across the left. Insofar as we have an editorial line it is a broad, organising trade-union one. and we will always want to publish rank-and-file activists.
Organising – this is also a place for us to recruit new people to the broad left, share resources and promote our current projects