In the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.), Local Medical Committees
(LMCs) have been the local General Practictioner (GP) committees since 1911. They represent all General Practitioners
in their geographical area which is historically coterminous with the successive Primary Care Organisations or other healthcare administrative areas.
As the organisation and complexity of primary care has increased and along with the call for increased professionalism and specialisation of for instance negotiators, LMCs' administrative structures have developed from a pile of papers on the kitchen table of the LMC medical secretary to permanent staff and offices with substantial assets. This has allowed the LMCs to develop relationships ranging over time, topic and space between mutual suspicion and antagonism to useful cooperation for common benefit with NHS administrative organisations.
The LMCs interact and work with and through the GPC and with other craft committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences."Local medical committee conference," BMJ: British Medical Journal
320.7351 (06/24/2000): 1734.Malcolm Aylett, Allen Hutchinson, and Peter Mitford, "Creating a general practice data... Read More