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Salaried partners and locums every bit as valuable as principals

In response to Dr John Couch (Features, June 28) I have three points I would like to make:

•As a part-time GP locum I consider it most definitely part of my job to do all clinical paperwork and phone calls at the end of every session, although I would consider visits to be an additional workload.

•The comparison made between the hourly pay rate of locums and partners is only valid when it takes into account the absence of paid holidays, study, sick and maternity leave, plus in some cases the payment of defence union subscriptions, all of which locums have to budget for.

•Finally, if Dr Couch truly believes he would be financially better off as a locum then he should quit his practice or quit whinging.

Dr Marion Latimer

St Helens

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