The LMC plays a crucial role advising and support GPs and their practices in many different circumstances. For example it plays an active part in supporting GPs who are experiencing professional conduct procedures or local performance measures.
Birmingham LMC has a major role to play where a GP is unable to practice through ill health – not only from an advisory and pastoral perspective but because the LMC has a statutory role in securing an expert opinion about continued fitness-to-practice on medical grounds – very important in securing continued income for GPs, particularly if the practitioner is suspended because of ill-health or other reason.
The LMC has a statutory role where a practitioner is under investigation by the Commissioning Board (NHS England) in certain areas of clinical practice. The LMC has a specific role in considering certain types of complaints by GPs about their colleagues.