Clauses in the Health and Social Care Bill could lead to an uneven distribution of family doctors, warns the British Medical Association. Clause 17 abolishes the medical practices committee, which has always controlled the distribution of GPs in England and Wales. 'Abolition of the committee, devolving its functions to individual health authorities, risks exacerbating rather than reducing current inequalities in the distribution of GPs, 'said Dr John Chisholm, chairman of the BMA's GPs' committee.