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Protecting the role of the GP, ensuring primary care services are properly funded and resisting cuts to GPs' pensions look set to be the major debates at the annual LMCs conference.

Motions sent to Pulse from a dozen LMCs also focus on continued concern over Choose and Book and the Government's failure to invest in premises.

Overall, the conference will focus on major threats to the future of the profession with GMS and PMS contract issues taking a back seat compared with the past two years.

Dr John Canning, chair of the conference, said the event would be more 'constructive' and include informal elements such as themed debates and external speakers.

He said: 'It will be more developmental, deliberative and formative this year. It will not be a rejig of previous years.'

Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMCs, which has submitted motions attacking funding arrangements for Agenda for Change and practice-based commissioning, said this year's conference would constitute a 'deep breath' after the implementation of the new contract.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire LMCs have submitted motions focusing on major IT issues.

Both highlighted fears around confidentiality of electronic medical records and Cornwall will also call for the public to be consulted about choice before GPs are forced to do Choose and Book.

Manchester LMC has called for the GMC to be 'significantly reformed and renamed' to restore public confidence. A number of old chestnuts will appear again on the agenda, including ending GP sickness certification and bringing the UK into line with the central European time zone to improve children's health and exercise.

The big debates at

this year's LMCs

conference

·Safeguard the role of the GP

·Ensure primary care services are properly resourced

·Maintain the value of GP pensions

·Deplore lack of premises cash

·Only do Choose and Book if it does not increase workload

·Worry over confidentiality of electronic care records

·Clear up funding confusion around practice-based commissioning and Agenda for Change

·End GP sickness certification

·Achieve a gender balance in medical staffing

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