Why be a member?
The two Local Medical Committees in Essex are funded by GPs for GPs. They are the only organisations in Essex whose primary role is to promote and protect the interests and welfare of all GPs working in the County. This applies equally to sessional GPs.
Recent negotiations with PCOs on a range of issues arising from the implementation of new GMS and PMS arrangements have reinforced the need for an effective, united local voice for GPs. In order to ensure that the Committees are truly representative it is essential to maintain strong communication links with local GPs. Local members have a crucial role to play in providing this link.
It is essential that the Committees are kept up-to-date with issues that are important and relevant to local GPs. The current management arrangements mean that the role of local members in acting as a point of contact for local GPs and gathering intelligence on local issues of concern is more important than ever.
The LMCs’ Constitutions explain in more detail how the County is divided into LMC Constituencies. At present the number of local members to be elected is one for every fifteen constituents. Committee meetings are held monthly, except August, and members are paid an attendance fee of £170.00 plus travelling expenses. All additional LMC work is paid for at a rate of £150.00 per hour (with exceptions).
If you would like to know more, including whether we have any vacancies in your area please contact the LMC office on 01245 383430.