British Medical Association asks its members to help raise £100,000 strike fund

British Medical Association asks its members to help raise £100,000 strike fund despite making £11million in 2021

  • The British Medical Association is asking members to contribute to a strike fund
  • Chairman Professor Philip Banfield took to Twitter to make plea for money
  • The BMA’s accounts show that it made a profit of £10.9 million in 2021.

The British Medical Association is going cap-in-hand to members asking them to donate towards a £100,000 ‘strike fund’. – despite making a profit of almost £11 million in 2021.

Doctors are livid, saying the BMA should be dipping into its own pocket to help out those prepared to forego pay by striking.

Last Monday it delivered ballot papers to 48,000 junior doctor members, aiming to secure a mandate to hold a 72-hour strike in March in its fight over pay.

The appeal was launched in September but has flopped, so far raising less than £8,500.

The British Medical Association has asked its members to donate towards a £100,000 'strike fund' (pictured: chairman Professor Philip Banfield)

The British Medical Association has asked its members to donate towards a £100,000 ‘strike fund’ (pictured: chairman Professor Philip Banfield)

Nurses outside Downing Street striking over pay and patient safety in December 2022

Nurses outside Downing Street striking over pay and patient safety in December 2022

BMA chairman Professor Philip Banfield first urged on Twitter: ‘Make a donation to support pay restoration for doctors.’

But former intensive care consultant Tom Woodcock queried the appeal as the ‘BMA has more than 160,000 members paying more than £200 per annum’.

The BMA’s accounts show it made a profit of £10.9 million in 2021.

But deputy chairman Dr Emma Runswick said the profit represented ‘unrealised gains’ on stock market investments. She also claimed the BMA was ‘in serious deficit’.

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