The history of the LMCs

The LMC is arguably the longest-lived organisation operating in the NHS today. LMCs were established in 1912 to represent the local ‘panel’ doctors paid by the state to provide a range of medical services to the population under the National Insurance Act of 1911.

The Local Medical Committees were set up to represent the independent contractors who agreed to provide those services. When the NHS was established in 1948, LMCs were recognised as the representative voice of GPs.

Copies of ‘A History of the LMC’, which was written by Chris Locke in 2013 to mark our centenary year, can be obtained via the LMC office.