For most people the first port of call when they are unwell is their doctor. The family doctor is relied on and trusted. General practitioners are the cornerstone of our NHS and their wide range of skills and knowledge provide us all with a vital resource we all value. I was delighted therefore to be able to meet with representatives of our local GP’s from the Bury and Rochdale Local Medical Committee. We discussed the changes which may arise from the devolution of health and social care from London to Manchester together with specific issues such as the cost of indemnity insurance.