GPC England to hold first meeting this autumn

The BMA will elect a GP executive committee for England for the first time in July, with the newly formed GPC England set to meet by autumn.

Delegates at last week’s LMCs conference voted to create a GPC England and to cut the annual UK LMCs conference to a one-day event, with the other day to become an English LMCs conference.

The conference heard that health systems in the UK’s four countries now varied so much that a specific GPC body to discuss English matters was needed.

GPC England

Reforms backed by the conference were proposed in a package of GPC changes drawn up by former BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the chairman of the new GPC England will be elected at the UK GPC meeting in July, and an executive team will then be appointed that mirrors the ones on the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland GPCs.

A BMA spokesman said no decision had yet been taken on the number of meetings the new body will hold each year.

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