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I am glad that you have highlighted the iniquity around locum costs for maternity leave.

Are we supposed to prop up the NHS/PCT by funding these costs from our own pockets?

Here in Oxford, even if we were to receive the maximum it would not cover what we have to pay out.

Should we say to our patients that as the PCT/NHS says there is no cash to cover Dr X's maternity leave you will be without a doctor until she returns?

Surely this is blatant discrimination? Does it mean that practices already struggling to find replacement partners should only look for males or postmenopausal females? Imagine the outcry!

We have been unable to get the local BMA office to prepare a case on these grounds.

The LMC can get nowhere. All the partners in our practice were out of pocket the last time a full-time partner took maternity leave.

As the number of women entering the profession increases, how will we all cope?

Dr Frank Debney

Oxford

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