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Locums forced to slash fees by 8% due to pensions changes


Having worked as both a locum and a partner, I would say that I'm much better off in my Partnership but a lot of this is down to job security. Locuming is not a mystical pot of gold. You spend loads of unpaid time managing your bookings and accounts. In addition you end up with voids - unfilled sessions for which you still pay session insurance. Furthermore, some practices forget to pay you or pay less than the rate agreed! I did very similar paperwork and extras as a locum. Partnership seems to carry more costs such as employers national insurance and various other expenses but on balance I think is better remunerated even when you count the unpaid work you do in all the various meetings and fixing things. I think all GPs need to be aware of the divide and conquer strategy being pursued by this government. The differences between salaried, locum and partner are often trivial but have become increasingly divisive. Ultimately we have very similar interests.

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24 Jun 2013

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