Medicopolitical Digest

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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:710

GMSC will continue to represent all GPs in the NHS▲

The General Medical Services Committee has endorsed most of the recommendations of a task force, which was set up last year to examine arrangements for representing part 1 GPs and other non-principal GPs and to review the electoral arrangements.

The committee will continue to represent all GPs, and all of them will be given the opportunity to take part in the electoral system and serve on the profession's representative bodies. The name of the committee will be changed to General Practitioners' Committee

Doctors will not have to make any financial contribution to the expenses of the GMSC or local medical committee (LMC) to be eligible to stand as a candidate and to vote in elections. This view was strongly supported by the present chairman of the GMSC, Dr John Chisholm, and his three predecessors at last week's meeting.

A subcommittee to represent part 1 GPs will be set up from the 1998-9 session, and there will continue to be a non-principals' subcommittee. LMCs will be encouraged to negotiate changes in their constitutions so that part 1 GPs …

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