LMCs have always provided services beyond their purely statutory functions, representing the core values of the profession and striving to ensure the highest standards of equity and fairness; democracy and professionalism.
Dr Mark Sanford-Wood (Devon LMC GP Medical Secretary) wrote a summer 2014 Newsletter Editorial (with a slight nod to Monty Python): What has Devon LMC Ever Done for Us?’ which summarises well our broad remit to GPs.
The LMC will represent and advise on all matters concerning GPs as independent contractors providing Primary Care clinical services; as commissioners of care and medical services; and as professionals.
These may include:
The activities and views of GPC are communicated to the profession through newsletters, policy documents and general advisory statements. Devon LMC regards communication with constituent GPs as essential. We do our utmost to inform and listen to GPs, their practice staff and the organisations with whom we all work, in various ways including:
The LMC maintains an extensive network of formal and informal contacts and liaison on behalf of GPs with bodies influencing the planning and delivery of Primary Care. Both members of the Executive and elected GP representatives attend a wide range of meetings with colleagues in external organisations to ensure the voice of General Practice remains influential.
Devon LMC provides help to all GPs, whatever their contractual status, on all matters relating to General Practice (see Pastoral Support Network, also), including:
In short, the LMC has a major role in support of the provision of Primary Care. As a statutory, yet independent body, we occupy a unique position of influence within the NHS.