Welcome to County Durham & Darlington Local Medical Committee’s web site.

The Local Medical Committee represents all general practitioners working in County Durham & Darlington. The LMC is always keen to hear from its constituents and to address any concerns raised by GPs.

The LMC is always keen to hear from GPs in difficulties as we can often provide practical help and support.

The LMC needs your help in improving the working lives and conditions of you and your colleagues.

Please consider joining County Durham and Darlington Local Medical Committee, the representative body for GPs in County Durham & Darlington and still a statutory organisation recognised in the Health and Social Care Act.

We all know that practices and GPs generally face a variety of challenges including:

  • Reduced funding
  • Loss of infrastructure and support for primary care
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Increasing work load
  • Rapidly changing structures and functions within the NHS
  • A plethora of organizations making demands on practices and GPs.

It is vital that the LMC is a vibrant organisation with representatives from across County Durham and Darlington so that we can remain aware of the problems faced by GPs and quickly become aware as new difficulties arise. Even within our area there are surprising differences in working practices and relationships.

Not only do committee members contribute to addressing any local issues but the LMC feeds in to a regional grouping of LMCs and the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA on a national level.  Committee members gain an insight into political events and strategies affecting primary care.  The committee meets virtually once a month and it’s a good opportunity to meet colleagues from throughout the county to gather, and contribute to, a range of perspectives.  The LMC is fortunate to have constructive relationships with other NHS and non-NHS organisations that can be valuable in addressing issues that impact on us all.

The move from CCGs to ICBs has made this work even more important.

Nominations are welcomed from both GP partners and sessional GPs.

Please give feedback and ideas about how best to use and develop this site to: admin@CDDLMC.org.uk. We would also welcome articles to publish or links to interesting web sites.  Finally please do e-mail details of any links on this site that are out of date!

ChairDr Kamal Sidhu
Hon SecDr David Robertson
AdministratorMrs Claire Elder