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Listening and learning

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The BMA is committed to ensuring that every member and all those in contact with the BMA receive a responsive and high-quality service and are satisfied with their interaction with us. We are always looking for ways to improve what we do.

We welcome any feedback that you have, whether it is in the form of observations on what you found particularly helpful or what you feel could be improved, or a specific complaint about your experience that you would like to be investigated and actively addressed. We take all complaints very seriously and if you are unhappy with any of our services, we will listen and where improvements need to be made it’s important we have the opportunity to put things right.

Our principles

  • We value and encourage feedback of all kinds
  • We will always endeavour to listen, reflect and learn
  • All feedback is taken seriously and will be acknowledged and responded to appropriately and promptly
  • Complaints are investigated promptly, thoroughly and transparently
  • Any member who provides feedback or makes a complaint should come away knowing that they have been listened to and feeling we have handled their issue well
  • Complaints handling will comply with confidentiality and data protection policies

Get in touch

  • How to provide general feedback

    If you have any comments, positive or negative, about any aspect of your experience with  the BMA or any person or organisation acting on its behalf, please let us know at  [email protected].

    We also welcome any suggestions you have for improvements that could be made.

    You can feedback on anything – from a specific action taken by a person, to expressing dissatisfaction with services provided. Your comments must be about something that is  within the responsibilities of the BMA.

  • How to make a complaint

    If you have a complaint about your experience with the BMA or a service you have received, please send it by email to the BMA corporate development directorate at [email protected]. All complaints will be managed by the BMA corporate development directorate.

    We will acknowledge your complaint within 24 hours of receipt and aim to respond in full within 28 working days. We will keep you informed of progress if more time is needed to address your concerns in full. You will be informed by the BMA complaints team of the outcome and any learnings or actions taken.

    You can appeal against the outcome of your complaint by submitting a written statement for the attention of the BMA director of corporate development setting out your reasons for appeal. (Please complete the appeal outcome form in Appendix 1 of the policy).

    Appeal statements must be submitted within 21 days from when you are informed of the outcome of your complaint. The appeal will be dealt with impartially by an independent third party. You will be informed in writing of the results of the appeal.

    If you are still unhappy following the outcome of how we handled your concerns, alternative bodies exist, such as ProMediate which can deal with any concerns raised should we (and you) decide to use such a scheme.

    If you have bought goods or a service from the BMA but are unsatisfied with your purchase

    If you bought goods or services from us online, we both can use the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform. It is an interactive website offering a single point of entry to consumers and traders seeking to resolve disputes. It is intended to facilitate the independent, impartial, transparent, effective, fast and fair out-of-court resolution of disputes between consumers and online traders. It provides information relating to the out-of-court resolution of contractual disputes and hosts a form which allows traders and consumers to submit concerns and attach relevant documents.

    View the European Online Dispute Resolution Platform.

    Our email address for the purpose of handling any feedback or complaints made under the ODR platform is [email protected].

  • Read our feedback and complaints policy

    We will use all the feedback we receive as an opportunity to learn, to provide a better service to members and to correct mistakes.

    All feedback and complaints are centrally recorded and monitored so that we can identify patterns in what is being reported and identify opportunities for improvement.

    Standards of service

    When a member comes to us with feedback or a complaint, they should:

    • Receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours during the working week (if on the weekend, the next
      working day)
    • Receive confirmation of how their complaint is being dealt with within 14 working days
    • Receive a substantive response, where applicable, within 28 working days
    • Be kept informed of progress if more time is needed in order that we can address their concerns in full.

    Download our policy (PDF)


    Working together

    As stated in the MyBMA booklet ‘A guide to membership benefits’, the BMA has a duty under health and safety at work law to ensure the wellbeing of its staff, including protecting them from harassment and bullying.

    While we fully understand the unhappiness that dissatisfaction may cause, BMA staff are there to help and therefore should be treated courteously at all times as set out in our Dignity at work policy.


    Please note, the BMJ is independent of the BMA and has its own complaints process.