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: Tuesday 22 September 2020
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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

Workforce

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 2019/20 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 role in the Scottish Joint GP IT Group.

Chair: Andrew Buist

Deputy chairs:
Andrew Cowie
Patricia Moultrie

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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.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 22 October 2020

  • 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
Edinburgh
EH2 1LL

SGPC executive

Upcoming meetings: 

  • Thursday 17 December 2020
  • Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Thursday 13 May 2021.

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

BMA Scotland
14 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1LL

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

 

Elections

Elections for deputy chair

Elections for the deputy chair of the Scottish general practitioners committee will open for nominations at 12 noon on Monday 14 September and will close at 10am on Thursday 24 September 2020.

Any voting member of the SGPC may stand for election to these seats.

Voting will open only for voting members of the SGPC at 12 noon on Thursday 24 September 2020 and will close at 10am on Sunday 4 October 2020.

Results will be announced soon after voting is closed. Candidates will be emailed directly. 

Elections for co-negotiator and executive

Elections for the role of co-negotiator and executive of the Scottish general practitioners committee will open for nominations at 12 noon on Friday 2 October and will close at 10am on Monday 12 October 2020.

Any voting member of the SGPC may stand for election to these seats.

Voting will open only for voting members of the SGPC at 12 noon on Monday 12 October 2020 and will close at 10am on Thursday 22 October 2020. Results will be announced soon after voting is closed. Candidates will be emailed directly. 

Elections for co-negotiator may not run pending the results of the deputy chair election on 4 October 2020.

Take part in the election

 

Get in touch

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