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GP locum reliance caused half a million overspend in one area


Oh dear blames the locums...... divided we fall.... perhaps if the government actually funded General Practice properly and made it a job worth doing then people would want to become partners again....... I didnt see anyone discussing how much locum consultants cost in comparison (They don't get saddled with practice debts)....... the locum situation simply reflects the skewed values of successive governments, placing hospital medicine on a pedestal and letting general practice rot on the vine so that now no-one wants to take on partnership. Did anyone mention how much consultants get paid for clearing waiting lists????? I too was once one of those blood sucking locums......and now I get paid significantly more in Australia doing 9-5:00 resident in one practice without having to travel all over the UK, not having to pay for accommodation , not having to spend time away from the family, not having to pay higher indemnity, not having to worry about lack of sick pay nor paid holidays..... so what does that tell you about the current state of partnership in the UK if an Australian GP wouldn't go back to do the 'lucrative' locums used to plug the gaps in the service caused by the workforce shortage due to conditions created by the UK government that have driven doctors away from partnership? Am i a bloodsucker for getting paid appropriately in Australia or are the real suckers the ones proping up the system and allowing themselves to be undervalued? For the purpose of discussion my 10 sessions in Australia pays $440AUD /£250k GBP a yr for 44 I a blood sucker? PS the local bariatric surgeon earns $4milllion AUD per annum.... 10 times as much as I do......Am I over valued or are UK GPs undervalued????? When justifying our self worth we need to look at comparable professions.......perhaps as I suggest the locums are not overpaid, but their partner colleagues significantly underpaid. That would be my proposition.......

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23 Sep 2017

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