21 November

New calls have been made to make GP locum work more attractive to professionals in order to help solve the GP workforce crisis.

The LMC has urged the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to work with NHS England to secure new investment in so called ‘locum chambers.’ This would help ensure that more GPs are recruited into the NHS, as well as encourage disillusioned GPs with working as a locum as an alternative to their current arrangement.

These motions were suggested on Friday 10th November at the GPC England conference that took place in London.

The pros and cons of working as a locum have been debated far and wide across the UK healthcare sector. The LMC believe that not enough doctors are aware of what the benefits are of being a locum, and are not being encouraged to take this path.

New models such as ‘locum plus’ has been suggested by GP leaders which would help de-risk becoming a locum for thousands of GPs across the UK, by providing them with fixed-term salary based contracts available on a rotational basis.

Ash Higgs, Director of Primary Care People, said: “If the industry is to move more towards the locum model, it seems certain that the LMC, GPC, NHS England, and the recruitment sector will have to come together to help solve the current GP workforce shortfall.”

Based on: http://bit.ly/2hQcgGg 

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