BMA acts over locum pay rates
The BMA plans to take action to persuade non-principals who are negotiating their locum pay rates to take
account of the costs faced by GP partners in running their practices.
Its professional fees committee said a working group set up with the National Association of Non-Principals (NANP) would 'make available clear guidance on how to calculate and negotiate a fair rate for each job, and raise the general level of awareness by all parties of the costs involved in running a GP practice'.
The working group was set up after the BMA abandoned its long fight for the right to
issue a locum fees scale.
The NANP has previously criticised the BMA for favouring the needs of GP principals but the BMA has sought to distance itself from this accusation by agreeing a non-GP chair for the working group. It will report in February 2004.