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Could I be blamed for the actions of my job-sharer?

Am I accountable for the actions of my job-share partner?

All partners in a practice are equally responsible for each other's actions. You are no more responsible for your job-share's actions than for any other partner's.

Within a practice doctors commonly look after each other's patients and if there is a problem with patient care the registered GP may be answerable as well as the doctor who treated the patient.

If your job-share makes a mistake in the management of a patient registered with you it is possible that any complaint will involve you. This problem will be eliminated under the new GMS contract as patients will be registered with a practice rather than individual GPs.

The arrangements you have for patient care including ensuring adequate follow-up, checking results and reading letters will depend on your job-share.

You should make sure communication with your job-share is effective so that patient care is seamless. Any problems occurring because a patient has not been followed up adequately would be your fault if you could not demonstrate that appropriate care had been organised. You could use a message book

to list the follow-up actions you expect your job-share to take.

The only other action your job-share could take that would affect you at present is to resign from the practice. Currently GMS

job-sharers have a joint contract with their PCT. If one half of a job-share goes and is not replaced within six months, the other half has to go. Under the new GMS this problem will no longer arise.

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