A National Association of Lay People in Primary Care has been launched to lobby for changes in the board structure of primary care trusts. Nicholas Reeves, the association's founder and a lay member of Acton and Ealing primary care group in London, said there was a danger that the 'expertise' built up by lay people on PCGs would be 'thrown away' as they converted to PCTs. The NALPPC is concerned that PCT boards, which have lay members, will be less important than PCT executive committees, which do not. It is also concerned that lay people will not be able to afford to take on roles such as PCT chair - which carries a payment of £13,000 per year for 2. 5 days work per week.

The National Association of Lay People in Primary Care.

Nicholas Reeves. 020-8567 4451.