A Local Medical Committee is an independent organisation recognised in law to represent the interests of its levy paying members. Levy paying members are most frequently General Practitioners but also include other healthcare professionals such as Practice Managers who by virtue of their status as Partner to an NHS Primary Care contract contribute to the Statutory Levy.
Doncaster LMC represents its members at local, regional and national levels on all matters relating to the provision of healthcare.
Membership is open to all levy paying members working across Doncaster.
The current Statutory Levy is 45p per registered patient and is used to fund the activities of Doncaster LMC in the interests of its members. Doncaster LMC is a not for profit organisation.
In addition to the Statutory Levy, Doncaster LMC has the responsibility of collecting and paying a Voluntary Levy from its members ton behalf of the General Practice Defence Fund in the interest of UK wide General Practice. The GPDF fund the activities of the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association and as such are responsible for supporting our national negotiating body. The current Voluntary Levy is 6p per registered patient.
If you would like to become a member, contact us.
The LMC comprises of 16 elected members who work in and around Doncaster.
The elected members represent their locality through attending regular committee meetings, attending ad hoc specialist representative meetings, influencing local policy and providing support to members in need.
The elected committee provide the voice of members to the Doncaster LMC Executive Team.
What we do
- Monthly newsletter – filtering and simplification of only the most important information to your inbox
- Contract negotiations
- Premises negotiations
- Professional representation
- Working with journalists and the media
- Contract advice and clarification
- Clinician Support
- Practice Manager support
- Pastoral support
- Whistle blowing support
- Promotion of General Practice
- Free clinical, organisational, regulatory and education workshopsFree legal drop- in workshops
Case study 1
Working with Journalists
A Practice Manager has been contacted by a journalist in relation to an incident at their practice recently. Having never worked with the media before and unsure how to respond, The Practice Manager contacted the LMC for support.
The LMC gave advice on options on how they could respond to the journalist. On this occasion, the Practice Manager requested that the LMC liaise with the journalist on behalf of the practice. The LMC executive urgently took detailed information about the occurrence from the Practice Manager and contacted the journalist back on their behalf with authority to act as the practice representative.
Case study 2
Practice Manager support
A Practice Manager contacts the LMC having not received payment for services provided under the auspices of a locally agreed contract. On further enquiry, the LMC learn that this is affecting a number of practices in the area.
The LMC executive contacted the commissioner to learn more about the difficulties and arranged urgent payments to practices.
Case study 3
A General Practitioner contacts the LMC looking for support due to conflicts within their current Partnership. Whilst the Partnership have a valid Partnership agreement, the terms of the agreement are unclear. This has caused unease within the Partnership and a breakdown in good relations.
An LMC executive met with the Partners to discuss the issues and helped to negotiate a clarification to the terms of their Partnership Agreement. The new negotiated agreement became an addendum to the original agreement bringing it up to date with current guidance and eased tensions within the Partnership.
Case study 4
A General Practitioner contacts the LMC with personal problems that are impacting upon their ability to work.
An executive of the LMC met with the GP to discuss their circumstances. As well as giving the GP protected time and confidence to open up about their confidential difficulties, the LMC executive put the GP in contact with a number of support agencies who could help them with their particular problems.