1. The Medical Ethics Alliance (the Alliance) shall be an independent body with no political affiliations.
The Alliance is formed to research and provide information on medical ethics in relation to the Hippocratic tradition and world religions in order to bring about honest and open debate
In order to carry out the above objects the Alliance shall have power to:
(a) make representations, or cause representations to be made, to professional bodies, government departments and public authorities whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, and to the general public.
(b) Take action through its members or officers to ensure that matters relating to medical ethics are known, understood and taken into account in reaching decisions.
(c) Publish letters and make written representations to newspapers, radio, television and other media.
(d) Organise public and private meetings.
(e) Co-operate with other medical and non-medical bodies.
(f) To offer confidential non-financial advice to any member faced with an ethical dilemma.
(g) Take any other action in pursuance of the above objects.
4. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS
Membership of the Alliance shall be open to persons in the following categories provided that they can subscribe to Mission Statement set out below:
(a) medical and dental students,
(b) pre-registration medical and dental practitioners,
(c) medical and dental practitioners.
The Council of the Alliance shall have absolute discretion on any questions relating to eligibility for membership.
5. GROUP MEMBERSHIPS
Group membership shall be open to other bodies at the absolute discretion of Council provided that:
(a) the body can subscribe to the objects of the Alliance
(b) The body can sign the Mission Statement set out at 3 above.
Membership shall attach to the group and not to the individual members thereof.
6. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
This shall be open to members of others professions and disciplines such as nurses, lawyers, theologians and philosophers, at the absolute discretion of Council, provided that:
In determining applications for membership, Council will take account of the need for the total number of members as defined in 3 above, and also including members of groups which have group members, always to exceed the number of associate members.
(a) Council shall absolute discretion as to the level of subscriptions and shall have power to fix different levels of subscriptions for different categories of members.
(b) Members whose subscriptions remain unpaid more than six months after the due date for payment shall cease to be members
8. REMOVAL OF MEMBERS FROM THE ROLL
Members may be removed from the roll by Council subject to the following conditions:
(a) the member concerned must be given fourteen days notice of the proposal to remove him/her from the roll,
(b) the notice referred to in (a) above must include the reasons for the proposal,
(c) the member concerned shall have the right to make written representations to the Council,
(d) the vote by Council must be by a majority of at least two thirds of those present and voting
Council shall consist of:
(a) the officers of the Alliance as defined in 10 below,
(b) twenty-one other members, who may be individual members, members of groups which are members of Alliance, or associate members, elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Alliance after having been duly proposed and second in writing.
The following other rules shall apply to Council:
Council may co-opt a member in order to fill a casual vacancy.
One third of the members of the Council shall retire by rotation in every year, the order of retirement being determined by seniority of membership. However, this rule shall not apply during the first three years of the existence of the Alliance, and in the fourth, fifth and sixth years of the existence of the Alliance the order of retirement shall be eligible for re-election. For the avoidence of doubt it is declared that the year in which a member was elected to fill a casual vacancy shall not count towards his/her seniority.
Council shall appoint such committees as it thinks fit, and up to 50% of the membership of such committees may be drawn from members not on Couincil.
The quorum for both Council and committee meetings shall be one-third of the total membership of the relevant body.
The Officers, who shall be honorary, shall from the Executive and shall consist of the following:
(b) Two vice-Chairmen
(e) Publicity Officer
(f) Such other officers as Council shall appoint
Officers, apart from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, may be drawn from any membership categories, including members of groups which are members of the Alliance, but the Chairman and Vice-Chairman must be individual members.
Officers in categories (a)-(d) above shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, having been proposed and seconded in writing by members of the Council. Officers shall hold office for one years but may be re-elected for up to two more one year terms of office. A casual vacancy in an office shall be filled by a simple majority vote in Council and the year in which that office holder was elected to fill the casual vacancy shall not count towards the maximum three years as defined above in which he/she may hold that office.
The usual correspondence of the Alliance shall be conducted by the secretary according to the directions of Council and the other officers.
11. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (A.G.M)
An A.G.M shall be held at a date, time and place to be determined by Council. Not more than fifteen months shall elapse between Annual General Meetings.
(a) Not less than fourteen days notice in writing shall be sent by the Secretary to all members, specifying the business to be transacted.
(b) A report by Council and audited accounts shall be presented to the A.G.M for approval.
(c) Notice of any motion to be presented to an A.G.M shall be forwarded to the Secretary not less than fourteen days before the notice convening the A.G.M is sent out and the Secretary will advise all members of this date not less than fourteen days beforehand.
(d) The decision of the chairman of the A.G.M on any point of order shall be final
(e) If neither the Chairman nor either of the two vice-chairmen are present the meeting shall elect a vice-chairman
(f) All decisions shall be determined a majority of those present and voting. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
12. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (E.G.M)
(a) An E.G.M may be called by the Chairman
(b) An E.G.M shall also be called if at least fifty members sign a requisition specifying the business which they wish to be transacted. The requisition shall be addressed to the Chairman, having satisfied himself/herself that the business is within the objects of the Alliance, shall instruct the Secretary to give fourteen days notice of the meeting in writing to all members.
(a) Accounts which have been submitted to an A.G.M shall subsequently be presented to the next meeting of Council
(b) All monies received shall be paid into banking account of the Medical Ethics Alliance
(c) The Treasurer shall be responsible for disbursements.
(d) The funds of the Alliance shall be at disposal of Council for all expenses connected with the administration of the Alliance.
(e) Council may invest the funds of Alliance in such manner as it determines.
(f) The signature of the Treasures and one other approved Officer shall be required on all cheques.
14. DISSOLUTION OF THE ALLIANCE
The Alliance may be dissolved at any time by a resolution passed by a majority of 75% of those present and voting at an E.G.M. Any property and monies held by or for the Alliance and remaining after the satisfaction of any debts and liabilities of the Alliance shall be applied cy-pres in pursuance of a scheme approved by the Charity Commissioners under their powers contained in the Charities Act 1993 and any subsequent enactments