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GP vacancies rise as locums 'dictate their terms'

Dr Ravi Mene says locums are now able to 'dictate their terms' because of the increasing demand for cover ­ and one was charging £160 for a half-day.

Dr Mene, a GP in Stretford, Greater Manchester, and medical secretary of Salford and Trafford LMC, said the vacancy rate in his area had risen because uncertainty over the implementation of the contract had led locums to shun principal posts. 'Everyone wants to do locum work as they do not have all the uncertainty of partnerships,' he added.

Dr Mene's comments came despite the GMC figures showing a record number of doctors joined the medical register this summer.

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