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NHS-run GP practices 'outbid' independent contractors on locum fees


They pay ridiculously high fees as they can't step in and do the work themselves - its either pay well above or have no doctor and face the music for why they are unable to run the practice. The financial cost of deficits is wiped off by the Health board as overspends, and clawed back by reducing local enhanced services and money to the rest of the GP health economy - so effectively the remaining GMS/PMS practices are subsidising this rush off the edge of the cliff. This model will destroy local practices who as stated can't afford to compete so either risk bankruptcy or burn out, by having to cover the sessions themselves. Until GP numbers increase, and DOH agrees incentives for permanent posts (salaried or partnership) - GP locum demand will continue to outstrip supply - and practices will continue to fail/give up contracts - speeding up the agenda for private providers to come in and save the day!

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21 Mar 2018

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