LMCs are the professional organisation with responsibility for representing individual GPs, and are not Trade Unions. The 1999 NHS Act extended the role of LMCs to include representation of all GPs, whatever their contractual status.
Recognised by successive NHS Acts, Local Medical Committees (LMCs) are independent, self-financing bodies with statutory functions to represent the interests of general practice alone and act as its advocate.
LMCs interact and work with – and through – the General Practitioners Committee as well as other branch of practice committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences. They also engage with other BMA branch of practice committees and local specialist medical committees in various ways, including conferences, representing the GP view on committees etc.