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Dr Sajid Mehmood: ‘I think it's reasonable asking locums to accept a fee reduction’


Locums are still earning sub 100,000 per year, from NHS core contract hours when they are full time. They often earn above this as they will supplement their income with out of hours work etc. yes the hourly rate is £80 however this is for three hours of clinic. Paperwork etc is generally not asked/paid. If we are doing a whole day on a sessional basis then our hourly rate becomes £50. You must also bear in mind that our work is not fixed. If we are sick we are not paid. There is no education time that we attend. Should locums reduce their pay? No they should not. I think personally if partner pay on the average GMS/PMS contract came down to below 100,000 for an FTE equivalent then I would at that stage but otherwise I am sorry but I am not reducing my rates personally. It is now up to partnerships to decide if they fill with locums or if they choose to reduce their holiday requirements or take on more staff. Even at the current rate you are making more than me and I think it is unfair of you to ask me to shoulder the burden. - anonymous salaried!

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23 Jun 2013

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