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Does the BMA really care about inequalities?

The British Medical Association prides itself on its supposed commitment to tackling societal inequalities, particularly inequalities in health. One of the key drivers of health inequalities is income inequalities. In a letter published in the BMJ by one of the BMA's staff, the BMA claimed that it pays all its staff well above the minimum wage. However, it did not state what staff whose services were contracted out - such as catering staff - were paid. What the BMA representative seemed to be saying in her letter was that the BMA had subcontracted the employment of workers who are most likely to receive the minimum wage to external companies and had no idea (and perhaps doesn't care?) what they are paid. In a follow on letter also published in the BMJ, I asked for further clarification from the BMA on this point. Nearly three months after publication of my letter, there has been no further response from the BMA. Does the BMA really care about inequalities - or  are its comments on inequalities just a smokescreen to divert attention to what many people think is its primary purpose, negotiating pay deals for doctors?

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