GP umbrella organisation appoints its first Director of Communications

Londonwide LMCs, the umbrella organisation for the capital’s 5,000 GPs, has appointed Sue Broome as its first Director of Communications.

Sue, a former Head of Communications at Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust, has over 15 years experience of managing and delivering corporate communications for a range of voluntary and public sector organisations, including: Relate, British Red Cross, Motor Neurone Disease Association, RSPCA and Portsmouth City Council.

Dr Stewart  Drage, Joint Chief Executive, Londonwide LMCs said, “As the face of healthcare is rapidly changing, we need to ensure the voices and experiences of GPs are heard at a local and national level and Sue’s appointment is a key role in ensuring this happens.

He added, “GPs are the trusted face of family health; they understand the healthcare needs of individual patients and we need to ensure these needs are not lost in the Government’s plans to bring the NHS into financial balance and treating more people out of hospital and closer to home”.

Notes to editors:

  1. Londonwide LMCs is the statutory body providing support, advice and guidance to London’s 24 LMCs (Local Medical Committees) and their constituent GPs and Practice Managers.  Each LMC elects a committee of GPs to represent, negotiate and guide their local Primary Care Trusts on issues affecting patient care.
  2. Londonwide LMCs is an independent organisation, based in the British Medical Association offices, Tavistock Square, London and jointly managed by two Chief Executives: Dr Stewart Drage and Dr Tony Stanton
  3. Surveys and public opinion polls place GPs at the top of the public’s list of the people they most trust
  4. Current NHS funding difficulties faced by Primary Care Trusts means that their local medical committee is actively negotiating on behalf of member GPs to ensure the quality of patient care is not compromised – GPs offer personalised care and are the most experienced in assessing the healthcare needs of their individual patients
  5. Media enquiries, contact Sue Broome on 0207 387 2034 (ext 238); mobile: 07976 619 839; email: sue.broome@lmc.org.uk

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