General Practitioner Local Medical Committees of Edinburgh and Lothian

Scope and Content

Edinburgh Local Medical Committee 1947-1975; Lothian Local Medical Committee and General Practice Sub-Committee of Lothian Area Medical Committee 1953-1990; related papers 1946-1984

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1948 Executive Councils replaced old Insurance Committees under the 1947 National Health Service (Scotland) Act. Local Medical Committees represented the interests of GPs. The City of Edinburgh had its own Executive Council and its own local medical committee. The members of Edinburgh Local Medical Committee (ELMC) were elected at a meeting of Edinburgh doctors on 11th June 1947, and the first ELMC meeting was held on 19th June 1947. Seven members of ELMC were elected at this first meeting to make up part of the membership of the Executive Council, as instructed in the Act.In 1972 a new Act was passed creating a more unified health service in Scotland. This Act abolished Regional Hospital Boards and Executive Councils, replacing them with local health boards which were to carry out functions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Scotland. Thus Lothian Health Board was formed, and in 1974 a new Lothian Area Medical Committee (LAMC) was created, with a General Practitioners Sub-Committee (GPSC). Lothian Local Medical Committee (LLMC) took the place of the existing local medical committee for Lothians and Peebles, with office-bearers from the GPSC taking the same posts within LLMC.


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Acquisition Information

Dr Jacqueline McDonald, GP Sub-Committee of Lothian Area Medical Committee, October 1996


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

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