Northern Ireland general practitioners committee

The Northern Ireland general practitioners committee (NIGPC) represents all general practitioners working in Northern Ireland. Find out more about our members, meetings and priorities.

Location: Northern Ireland
Audience: GPs
Last reviewed: 7 March 2022
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The Northern Ireland general practitioners committee (NIGPC) is a standing committee of the BMA and represents all general practitioners working in Northern Ireland. It considers and acts on matters affecting those engaged in general practice in Northern Ireland, including contractual matters.


Our priorities

  • Ensuring that primary care is at the front and centre of discussions and future planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ensuring that primary care is at the forefront of public and government opinion when designing and delivering services and policies for the people of Northern Ireland.
  • Working to deliver more resources to general practice and primary care in Northern Ireland.
  • Supporting the development of multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and working to deliver more resources for the roll-out of MDTs across Northern Ireland.
  • Supporting the GP Federations.
  • Workforce - addressing recruitment and retention issues and promoting general practice as a career.
  • Supporting sessional GPs.
  • Ensure equity and protection for Northern Ireland’s GPs in relation to indemnity arrangements.
  • Continue to explore a review of premises directions, including options where they are a risk to practice.


Our people

Chair: Alan Stout

Deputy chair: Frances O’Hagan


Dr Grainne Bonnar
Dr Ursula Brennan
Dr Johnny Burns
Dr Conan Castles*
Dr James Crothers
Dr Tracey Cruickshanks
Dr Catherine Curran
Dr Carla Devlin
Dr Joe Dugan*
Dr Nicola Herron
Dr Ian Kernohan
Dr Donagh MacDonagh
Dr Stuart MacDonald
Dr Donna Mace
Dr Allen McCullough
Dr Arnie McDowell*
Dr Michael McKenna
Dr Dearbhla McManus*
Dr Paul Molloy
Dr Conor Moore
Dr Ciaran Mullan
Dr Frances O’Hagan
Dr Susan Sproule
Dr Patrick Stirling
Dr Alan Stout
Dr Fionnuala Vernon

GPC (UK) representative - Dr Krishna Kasaraneni
Chair of Northern Ireland council - Dr Tom Black
Chair/rep of Northern Ireland consultants committee – Dr Anne Carson
Chair/rep of Northern Ireland junior doctors committee – Dr Andrew Wilson
Chair/rep of Northern Ireland medical academics staff committee – Dr Kieran McGlade
Chair/rep of Northern Ireland medical students committee – Miss Nell Haughey
Chair/rep of Northern Ireland staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee – Dr Siobhan Quinn
GP trainee – Dr Andrew Wilson
Dental representative – Dr Andrew Nicholl
Non-voting observer from the RCGP(NI) – Dr Laurence Dorman

Non-voting co-optees
Dr Eimear McLaverty
Dr Laura McDonnell
Dr Elizabeth Rea
Dr Louise Sands

*sessional doctor representatives

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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live our BMA behaviour principles.
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NIGPC domestic negotiations

The role of the NIGPC domestic negotiations team is: to discuss matters of importance at regional level; to provide an impetus for individual LMCs to negotiate for optimum terms with the HSC board; to enhance the LMCs influence in their dealings with the HSC board for the betterment of all GPs in Northern Ireland and to deal with NIGPC business between full committee meetings.

NIGPC finance subcommittee

The NIGPC Defence Fund Limited is a company limited by guarantee. The NIGPDF/NIGPC finance subcommittee comprises the chair and deputy chair of NIGPC, the treasurer of NIGPC (who chairs the subcommittee) and the chair and assistant secretary/treasurer of each of the four local medical committees. The subcommittee meets twice a year to look after all aspects of the committee’s finances, in particular: investment of voluntary levy income; LMC accounts and business plans/bids; honoraria payments for NIGPC and LMC officers; honoraria and mileage payments for meeting attendance; Cameron fund; GPDF and NILMC conference.

Our meetings

The NIGPC meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues for GPs in Northern Ireland and to develop policy and strategy. Only members of the NIGPC may participate in votes; however, general practitioners who are BMA members are welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity as part of the BMA committee visitor scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 26 January 2022
  • Wednesday 27 April 2022
  • Wednesday 15 June 2022

All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm either virtually or in our new offices (address TBC).

For more information about NIGPC meetings, email us or call 02890 269666.


How to join

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of NIGPC, this is: 

Local medical committees
  • Seats/term - every three years, all LMCs in Northern Ireland elect representatives for a three-session term. Seats are distributed between LMCs in the following proportions: 
  • one member from each LMC with a constituency of 50 general practitioners or less; for every additional 50 general practitioners in a constituency, one additional member is elected

  • one additional LMC representative if an existing representative from that area is elected chair of NIGPC

  • one additional sessional GP representative from each LMC.

  • Timeline - elections are run by the LMCs and are usually held in April. 
  • Eligibility - all GPs who are BMA members are eligible to stand in this election if they live in the relevant areas. All GPs can vote in this election.

To join NIGPC via LMCs, contact your local LMC for information on any open elections.



Elections to NIGPC via LMCs are now closed.

The next elections will take place in 2024.


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the NIGPC, please email us or call 02890 269666.