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Northern Ireland General Practitioners Committee (NIGPC)

The NIGPC is a standing committee of the BMA and represents all general practitioners working in Northern Ireland. Its remit is to consider and act in matters affecting those engaged in general practice in Northern Ireland, including contractual matters.


Our current priorities

Premises - the committee is aware that the ownership of premises and the associated risk is of concern to members. We are looking at how best we can address this and alleviate this burden. 

GMS contract - NIGPC is responsible for negotiating the terms of the contract with the Department of Health. This work is a priority for the committee in particular how we can secure core funding for the profession. 

Transformation - with additional funding secured for pilot projects developing multi-disciplinary teams, we will be working with the Board, Federations and practices to monitor how the money is spent and what we can learn to ensure this work is successful when it goes to scale across Northern Ireland. 

Quality first strategy - BMA has devised a range of materials to help practices manage their workloads.

GP roadshows - we have a number of events across Northern Ireland focused on addressing pressures on GP practices.

As well as these priorities we will keep a watching brief on issues arising from the implementation of the GDPR, the ongoing issues in out of hours services and workload demands due to changes in welfare (DLA moving to PIP).


GMS contract agreement 2018/19

The Department of Health has confirmed investment in general practice in Northern Ireland for 2018/19.

Read more in letter from DoH

GMS contract directions
GMS statement of financial entitlement Northern Ireland
Quality and Outcomes Framework


Who we are


The NIGPC chair is Dr Alan Stout. Alan has been a member of the committee for 12 years and is a GP in East Belfast. 


The Northern Ireland general practitioners committee (NIGPC) is always keen to hear the views of general practitioners on the work that it is doing and what its priorities should be for the future. You can email the chair via the committee's senior policy officer Melanie Crockett at [email protected].

Deputy chair

The NIGPC deputy chairs are Dr Frances O’Hagan, a GP in Armagh and Dr David Ross, a GP working in Saintfield.

The committee includes 25 voting members elected via the Local Medical Committees (LMC).

View the NIGPC membership


When we meet

We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting general practitioners in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about our next meeting


Any questions?

Call us on 02890 269666 or email [email protected]


Get involved

Membership of the Northern Ireland General Practitioners committee (NIGPC) is a great opportunity to represent your colleagues and highlight the issues that matter to you.

Directly elected members

The committee is made up of 25 directly elected voting members. They are elected via the LMCs. Any future opportunities to stand for direct election to the Northern Ireland General Practitioners committee will be detailed here along with details of how to stand.

Visitor scheme
The BMA also has a visitor scheme which allows those who have not previously been involved in BMA work a chance to gain experience of the committee.

Find out more about how to take part