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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.

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