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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:675

GPs will set up an English committee

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has agreed to set up an English GPC to deal with matters concerning GPs in England, restated its commitment to maintaining an effective UK GPC, and unanimously called on the BMA to strengthen the structure and resources of the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland GPCs.

At its last meeting the committee received a report from its representation subcommittee and agreed that from July 1999 meetings of the UK GPC should be followed by meetings of the newly structured English GPC. The committee did not accept the recommendation that the UK committee should meet normally for only four times a year. If the chairman of the UK GPC comes from an English constituency he or she will become the chairman of the English GPC.

The subcommittee recommended that the UK GPC would continue to need a negotiating team and an executive or general purposes committee. It emphasised the importance of liaison among the committees and recommended that there should be regular meetings of the UK …

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