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National and Local Representation and Negotiations

Norfolk and Waveney LMC is represented on the BMA’s National Negotiating Body, the General Practitioners Committee (GPC), by Dr Ian Hume, Medical Secretary ensuring the voice of local general practice is heard at a national level. The GPC is the sole negotiating body for GPs working within the NHS. 

Policy recommendations and decisions are established during the Annual Conference of LMCs, when delegates from LMCs across the country debate issues related to all aspects of the delivery of General Practice. Norfolk and Waveney sends six representatives, chosen by the Committee each year. It serves as the main policy making forum for the profession and the body to whom the GPC is directly accountable. The motions debated reflect the concerns and intentions of ‘grass roots' GPs and directly influence the national policy negotiations undertaken by the GPC with the Department of Health. The GPC also advises the Secretary of State, the Department of Health and NHS Employers with whom it negotiates GPs' terms and conditions and their pay.

The LMC negotiates locally with the NHSNW, which will shortly be superseded by the NHS Commissioning Board Local Area Teams. Locally this will cover Norfolk, Waveney, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The LMC will adapt to appropriately represent and communicate the views of Norfolk & Waveney GPs to this newly formed cluster-wide contract holder. The LMC has always held bi-monthly meetings with primary care colleagues to examine and negotiate on contractual issues and input into new policies and services. 

GPC information on Local Medical Committees:

The BMA is the main representative organisation for doctors in the UK, and most doctors are full members. The General Practice Committee (GPC) is a “craft committee” of the BMA which represents and promotes the interests of GPs. The GPC is unique, amongst craft committees, however, because it strives to represent all GPs, and not solely those GPs who are BMA members. Furthermore, the uniqueness extends to the funding of the GPC: whilst other craft committees are funded through BMA subscriptions, the GPC is only partly funded in this way; it also receives significant funding from LMCs and the voluntary levy which GPs pay. The GPC may negotiate with the government directly, on behalf of GMS GPs, because GPs are independent practitioners, as opposed to employees of the NHS as all other doctors in the NHS are. Because GPs’ independence has served them well in the past, it is vital to ensure the strength of the GPC and the unity of LMCs across the country, as the success of the GMS contract negotiations illustrates this.

The GPC produces large quantities of very useful and important guidance notes on all areas which concern or affect GPs, and Norfolk LMC frequently refers to them on behalf of constituent GPs. However, these guidance notes are only accessible on-line to BMA members who can enter a password to enter the main BMA site. Norfolk GPs who are LMC members but not BMA members may contact the Office and we can supply a copy of what they need.


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