What are Local Medical Committees?
LMCs are the professional organisation with responsibility for representing individual GPs, and are not Trade Unions. The 1999 NHS Act extended the role of LMCs to include representation of all GPs, whatever their contractual status.
Recognised by successive NHS Acts, Local Medical Committees (LMCs) are independent, self-financing bodies with statutory functions to represent the interests of general practice alone and act as its advocate.
LMCs interact and work with – and through – the General Practitioners Committee as well as other branch of practice committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences. They also engage with other BMA branch of practice committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences, representing the GP view on committees etc.
National Representation and Negotiation
LMCs ensure the voice of local general practice is heard at National level. This is done by consulting with the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA (GPC). Sandwell LMC attends the Annual Conference of LMCs, alongside those from the GPC, where policy is debated. Practices are invited to put forward issues of concern which the LMC can turn into a motion for consideration at the conference. The outcome of the conference debates determines the framework for the profession’s negotiations at both national and local levels.
Sandwell LMC provides advice and support to assist GPs as they steer through the NHS. As an independent body we can act as an advocate and offer help on all matters relevant to general practice. The Local Medical Committee offers confidential advice and pastoral support if you are having problems in relation to a wide range of issues including, but not restricted to: the GMS Contract, practice problems, and partnership difficulties.
If we are not qualified to offer advice we are often able to signpost our GPs to the more appropriate person.