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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:879

LMCs should be recognised in Health Bill

The government has promised to put down an amendment to the Health Bill, now going through the House of Lords, which would recognise local medical committees (LMCs) as representatives of all GPs. Last week a government amendment to that part of the bill which would have allowed the health secretary to set up professional regulatory machinery separate from the General Medical Council was carried.

When the bill reaches the House of Commons the government is expected to reverse the successful opposition amendment requiring primary care groups (PCGs) to be balloted on any move to primary care trust (PCT) status. But ministers have said that they will consult widely among professional bodies, including LMCs.

The bill gives PCTs powers to take on some of the functions of health authorities in relation to the GP contract. If this happens ministers have said that PCTs must take LMC advice in the same way as health authorities do now. They have also given an undertaking that PCTs will be subject to the same government commitment on maintaining the level of investment on general medical services infrastructure as PCGs.

PCTs would also …

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