The role of the LMC

LMCs’ statutory functions are set out in the NHS acts and subordinate legislation made under them.  A core function of LMCs is to liaise with CCGs and the GPC as representatives of GPs’ views and interests together with pastoral support for GPs relating to health, complaints and regulatory investigations (see our GP Support page).  LMCs are also empowered to investigate complaints made to them by a medical practitioner against another medical practitioner and to report on medical examinations undertaken in relation to a practitioner’s capability to provide contracted services.

 

The LMC also has non-statutory functions to provide information, advice and support, training and guidance to local GPs and their practices

 

LMCs uphold the core values of the Profession in terms of:

 

  • Equity and Fairness

  • Openness

  • Equal Opportunities

 

Additional information on the non-statutory functions of LMCs can be found on the BMA’s website:

 

www.bma.org.uk

 

LMCs are funded via a levy, which can be voluntary or statutory. This is normally deducted at source by NHS England and paid directly to the LMC. The levy is generally calculated from each practice list size, multiplied by a nominal amount, but can vary according to the LMC constitution.  

 

Some LMCs are funded via a statutory levy, as prescribed by The National Health Services Act 2006, Part 4, Para 97; Gateshead & South Tyneside LMC has historically collected a voluntary levy.

LMC income covers all of the operating expenses to provide honoraria for the officers and members, secretariat, equipment and software and any expenses of its members when carrying out LMC business, such as attendance at national conferences. The LMC also makes a significant financial contribution to support the work of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee and General Practitioners Defence Fund.

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