The Local Medical Committee (LMC) is an independent organisation which represents all local general practitioners working within the NHS.
As the local representative committee of NHS GPs, the LMC is recognised in the NHS Acts and Regulations, as the body with whom NHS England must consult (through its regional office) on issues affecting the administration of GPs’ contracts and remuneration, and the services they provide to patients.
The LMC represents all GPs within its geographical area of responsibility and also has many other professional and statutory responsibilities.
In summary the LMC (as represented by Nottinghamshire LMC Ltd) is:
- A democratic body elected by, and comprising, local GPs, representing the diverse interests which make up general practice locally.
- A representative body which canvasses the views of local GPs and represents them to CCGs and NHS England’s regional office and other local and national organisations and which acts as a focus for debate on GP issues.
- A statutory body with rights and responsibilities defined in NHS Acts and Regulations, which serves as the local representative committee for all NHS GPs.
- A professional body concerned to promote quality and education and uphold standards of professional practice through encouragement and example in cooperation with other professional and educational bodies.
- An independent body which represents the interest of general practice alone and acts as its advocate, free of political constraints and of the need to satisfy other interests.
- A source of advice and support for all GPs in all matters affecting their professional lives and activities.