AGM News: Foundation doctors welcomed on board



So it is official – all hospital doctors from Foundation level upwards now qualify for HCSA membership.

At a momentous AGM in Bristol, association members voted unanimously to endorse new rules that for the first time extend membership to “all medical and dental staff employed by hospitals or other employing authorities, but excluding those whose contract is within general practice (medical or dental).”

The rule change means that HCSA truly becomes a professional association and trade union for all hospital doctors – the consultants and specialists of tomorrow as well as of today.

A separate change reflected our newly recognised status, with the AGM endorsing the symbolic addition to our objectives “to represent … the interests of members with Employing Authorities.” This was in addition to HCSA’s previous purpose to “promote, protect and advance the interests” of members with employers.