Wessex Local Medical Committees (LMCs) is the only statutory representative body for GPs and their Practices, operating across the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Somerset, and Wiltshire. We also provide services to the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, representing in total, around 465 Practices and 3755 GPs, whether Partners, Salaried GPs, or freelance locums. We exist solely to represent, advise, and support GPs and their Practices.
The Committees we represent are:
Each Committee is elected by the GP constituents it covers, and is entirely independent. These LMCs have formed a Secretariat comprising the elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman of each LMC. This Secretariat employs the Chief Executive of Wessex LMCs, Dr Nigel Watson, and through him, a Directorate, and Administrative Team, and together they run the Chandler's Ford office.
All LMCS are funded by a statutory levy which is collected from Practices, and is based on the number of patients registered at that Practice. The amount is set by the Secretariat and reviewed annually. It funds the office and Officers of the LMC, as well as the individual Committees. The Wessex LMC staff supports each LMC separately, and this pooling of resources and expertise allows great economy of scale, ensuring each LMC gets much more for its money than everyone having its own office and staff.
For more detailed information on the work of the LMCs please see GPC - The work of the LMC in England and Wales
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