Scottish general practitioners committee

The Scottish GPC (general practitioners committee) represents all general practitioners working in Scotland. Find out more about our priorities, meetings and members.

Location: Scotland
Audience: GPs
Updated: Friday 22 January 2021
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The general practitioners committee Scotland represents all GPs working in Scotland, including partners, salaried GPs and locums. We consider and act on matters affecting GPs in Scotland - including contractual matters.

The committee meets five times a year and has representatives from all 14 health board areas in Scotland. We also work closely with other BMA committees to represent GPs at a UK level.


Our priorities

2018 GMS contract

On 1 April 2018 the new Scottish GMS contract was launched following three years of negotiations with Scottish Government, and a poll of the profession. The aims of the contract are to relieve the unsustainable workload facing general practice and reduce the business risks of becoming a GP.

Read about the Scottish GP contract


The Scottish Government has published a workforce plan for primary care, the 'National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 3 - Improving workforce planning for primary care in Scotland'. This document states the intention to recruit an additional 800 GPs as well as building and extending roles for a range of professionals working in primary care.

Responding to the plan, former chair of SGPC Alan McDevitt said: "The new GP contract is now being implemented across Scotland and it is essential that multidisciplinary teams are able to start developing their capacity and extend their roles as soon as possible to enable them to support practices effectively. I look forward to seeing the integrated update in September and would urge the Scottish government to be bold in its endeavour to make Scotland’s primary care workforce fit for the future."

Closing your patient list

GMS practices in Scotland can apply formally to close the practice list if their workload is jeopardising their ability to provide safe care for their registered patients.

Read our guidance on closing your patient list


Our people

GPC Scotland has 49 members, the majority of these (32) are appointed by the LMCs (local medical committees) in Scotland. Other GPs are elected onto the committee via GPC UK, UK LMC conference, and ARM.

The committee also has representation from other BMA committees (such as the sessional GPs committee, the GP trainees committee, Scottish council, and the Scottish consultants committee), and external committees such as RCGP Scotland, Medical Practitioners Union and the Scottish Dental Practice Committee of the British Dental Association.

The committee can choose to co-opt members each session if they want to add particular expertise to the committee – for the 2020/21 session the committee co-opted Dr John Kyle for his experience as a doctor in his first five years post training, and Dr Chris Williams for his experience and knowledge in IT and for co-chairing the Scottish Joint GP IT Group.

Chair: Andrew Buist

Deputy chairs:
Andrew Cowie
Patricia Moultrie







Ronnie Burns
Maureen Byrne
Mark Fawcett 
Alan McDevitt
Hilary McNaughtan
Alastair Taylor


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Our meetings

GPC Scotland meets five times a year to discuss the latest issues facing general practice in Scotland. These meetings are open to members of GPC Scotland only, but non-members can apply for the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 21 January 2021

  • Thursday 25 March 2021

  • Thursday 17 June 2021.

All meetings take place from 10.30am to 5pm either virtually or at:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street

SGPC executive

Upcoming meetings: 

  • Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Thursday 6 May 2021.

All meetings take place from 2pm to 5pm either virtually or at:

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street

For more information about our meetings, please email us or call 0131 247 3003.


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the SGPC, email [email protected]​.