Welsh general practitioners committee

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

Location: Wales
Audience: GPs
Updated: Friday 15 January 2021
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​GPC Wales is the only body that represents all NHS GPs in Wales, whether they are BMA members or not. We negotiate the GP contract with the Welsh Government, and work to improve the care of patients and the working lives of doctors.

Our priorities

Welsh GP contract for 2020/21

GPC Wales has prepared a guidance which provides an overview of key contractual changes for 2020/21 alongside guidance on some specific elements.

You can also read the variations to the contract with specific reference to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GP contract Wales 2020/21

Firearms process in Wales

GPC Wales has engaged with Welsh Government and all four Welsh police forces to produce an agreed and consistent firearms licensing process and application form (WMF1).

This form and process applies across wales and has been endorsed by all Welsh police forces.

State-backed GP indemnity for Wales

GPC Wales has produced a ’Focus on‘ document, answering some of the frequently asked questions regarding the state-backed GP indemnity scheme for Wales (GMPI). Please note that this is an evolving document, please check back regularly for updates.

Practice closure

GPC Wales has produced a heat map of Wales which captures practices that have closed, have transferred to health board management, or are deemed at risk.


GPC Wales have produced guidance on taxation and the employment status of GPs working in OOH or managed practices.

We’re also focused on:​​

  • ensuring general practice is at forefront of public and Welsh Government opinion when designing and delivering services and policies for the Welsh population
  • working to deliver more resources to general practice and primary care in line with Welsh Government strategic policies and priorities
  • supporting clusters to get their potential truly delivered and enabling horizontal integration to further support practices
  • addressing the challenges specifically facing rural practices
  • addressing the recruitment and retention challenge and promoting general practice as a career option via: supporting extended training; ensuring retainer and returner schemes are in place; and specifically looking at drivers to both recruit and retain GPs in Wales
  • supporting sessional GPs
  • enhancing the stability of practices through action on premises and last person standing liabilities.


Our people

Chair: Dr Phil White

Deputy chair: Dr Gareth Oelmann


Voting members

Dr Om Aggarwal
Dr David Bailey
Dr Sara Bodey
Dr David Church
Dr Stephen Davies
Dr Tim Davies
Dr Helen Dean
Dr Paul Emmett
Dr Susan Fairweather
Dr Ian Harris
Dr Sandar Hlaing
Dr Peter Horvath-Howard
Dr Gareth Oelmann
Dr Bethan Roberts
Dr Has Shah
Dr Nimish Shah
Dr Kevin Thomas
Dr Richard Vautrey
Dr Debbie Waters
Dr Laurence Williams
Dr David Wilson


Professor Malcom Lewis
Dr Philip Matthews
Dr Caroline Seddon
Dr Anders Skarsten
Dr Stephen Monaghan
Dr Julie Jones

Our meetings

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

Meeting dates:

  • Thursday 28 January 2021

  • Thursday29 April 2021.

For more information please email [email protected]


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the GPC Wales, email us, or call 029 2047 4625.