Scottish GPs are set to consider a vote of no confidence in the UK government's stewardship of the NHS.

Family doctors will also be given the opportunity to call for the immediate resignation of junior health minister Lord Darzi - even though his proposals do not affect Scotland.

The two votes will be taken as part of a motion on the future of the NHS at the annual conference of Scottish local medical committees, which takes place today.

Dean Marshall, chair of the Scottish GPs committee, said: "We have concerns that anything that's seen to be successful in England might be visited on ourselves."

Dr Marshall added: "I would imagine that those GPs [who proposed the motion] feel that the UK still has significant influence on what is a devolved issue."

Other motions up for discussion at the conference include calls for the BMA's GPs committee to work up proposals for alternative contractual relationships - potentially including private practice.

GPs in Tayside have also proposed abolishing the minimum practice income guarantee that tops up practice income under the GP contract, which they say perpetuates "unjustifiable inequalities in resources", in favour of "a more transparent allocation in funding".