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SSA Constitution

Constitution of The Scottish Society of Anaesthetists

A. Constitution

  1. The name of the society will be “THE SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF ANAESTHETISTS”.

  2. The objects of the Society will be to further the study of the science and practice of Anaesthesia and the proper teaching thereof and to conserve and advance the interests of Anaesthesia

  3. The Society will consist of Honorary Members, Senior Members, Ordinary Members, a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an Executive Council formed by the above office bearers with the immediate Past President, the Editor of  the Annals and ten Ordinary Members, two from each of the regions centred on Edinburgh and Glasgow, one from each  of the regions centred on Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling/Falkirk and four representing Trainee Anaesthetists

  4. Ordinary Member will be restricted to members of the Medical Profession practising the speciality of Anaesthesia.

  5. Senior Members will be elected from Ordinary Members who have retired from active practice.

  6. A Meeting will be held every year, at a time and place to be appointed by the Executive Council

B. Election

1.Ordinary Members may be elected by a two-thirds majority of those present, at any regular meeting, nominations by an existing Member to be sent to the Secretary one calendar month before the day of election.

2.Nominations for Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and Editor of the Annals will be made annually by the Executive Council, and will be circulated to Members along with the notice of the Annual General Meeting.  Any further nominations for these Offices may be submitted to the Secretary 14 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting and a ballot held if necessary.

3.Regional Representatives will serve on the Executive Council for a period not exceeding three years, and on retiring from office will not be eligible for
re-election to the Council within a period of one year.

4.Nominations for each regional representative vacancy in the Executive  Council created by retirement will be called for along with Notice of the Annual General Meeting.  Nominations may be submitted to the Secretary 14 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting and a ballot held if necessary.

C. Duties of office-bearers and members of the executive

1.The President will preside at the Meetings both of the Society and Executive  Council, and will have a casting as well as a deliberative vote.  The President will hold office for one year and retire at the Annual Meeting.

2.The Vice-President will act for the President when required to do so.  The Vice-President will automatically become President for the following year.

3.The Secretary will keep all the records of the Society and will notify all Members of the business of the Society.  The Treasurer will collect subscriptions, pay accounts and render a financial statement to the Annual Meeting.

4.The Executive Council will be consulted by the President upon all matters concerning  the conduct and interests of the Society, and will be permitted to record their vote by post upon any question in dispute.

D. Finance

1.All monies of the Society will be devoted to the purpose of the Society as declared at Clause A2 or the Constitution.

2.In the event of dissolution of the Society any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all proper debts and liabilities – will not be divided amongst the members but will be applied to a similar purpose that is charitable in law.

3.Ordinary Members will pay an annual subscription, the amount of which will be fixed at the Annual Meeting.  Anaesthetists in training may pay a reduced subscription also to be fixed at the above meeting.

4.Payment of subscription must be online or Direct Debit.

5.Any Member who has not paid their subscription for the current year may, at the discretion of the Executive Council, cease to be a Member of the Society.


E. General

1.No alteration of, or addition to, the rules may be made save at an Ordinary Meeting after one month’s notice given to the Secretary, who will place the suggestion upon the Agenda.

2.Such alterations will be notified to the Inland Revenue Claims Branch, Edinburgh.

3.Personal as well as official guests may be invited to the Meetings and Dinners of the Society.

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