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British Medical Association (BMA)

The Provincial and Medical Surgical Association was set up in 1832 by Sir Charles Hastings as a ‘friendly and scientific forum’, where medical professionals exchanged knowledge and ideas. The body became the British Medical Association (BMA) in 1855, when it began to publish the weekly British Medical Journal. 

From 1974, the organisation became the recognised trade union for doctors. Today, the BMA campaigns on a range of global health issues and matters affecting doctors.