The wider world of the NHS

The LMC serves as the link between local GPs and their national negotiating body, the General Practitioners Committee. The GPC is a standing committee of the BMA, recognised as the sole negotiating body for NHS GPs. It comprises GPs elected from LMC-based constituencies, the LMC and BMA annual conferences, other representative organisations and professional bodies.

It is responsible for advising the Secretary of State, the Department of Health and NHS England with whom it negotiates GPs’ terms and conditions and their pay. The GPC is guided by policy decisions determined by the Annual Conference of Representatives of LMCs.

The LMC conference is the main policy-making body for the profession and the body to whom the GPC is directly accountable. Several hundred representatives from LMCs all over the country attend annual and special conferences, to debate motions which reflect local GPs’ concerns and aspirations. Nottinghamshire LMC is entitled to send four GP representatives to the conference.