Locum agency's new owners pledge to pay GPs in full

GPs owed thousands of pounds by a locum agency that went into administration last month have been told by its new owners that they will be paid back in full.

The McGinley Group – which controls PCP International Ltd, the company that bought Primary Care People – said in a statement this week that it ‘will endeavour to pay all GPs and nurses in full’.

The statement is the first assurance from the parent McGinley Group that GPs waiting months to be paid for shifts worked months ago for Primary Care People can expect to be paid, and follows similar assurances from PCP International Ltd last week.

Some locum GPs owed money by the agency have told GPonline that delayed payments have left them struggling to cope financially, and doctors not currently working for PCP International Ltd could still face a wait for their money.

Locum payments

The McGinley Group statement said the payment process ‘may incur delays’ as a result of the company ‘taking extra steps and measures to ensure that all professionals are paid exactly what they are owed’.

It stressed that all GPs and nurses who work through the company from now on will be paid ‘on time, accurately and in full’.

The assurance will be welcomed by GPs who faced uncertainty last week after it emerged that the amount owed to GPs and nurses when Primary Care People went into administration was in excess of a £350,000 sum McGinley Group had committed to put towards paying locum staff as part of its deal to buy the locum agency.

The group – which owns recruitment businesses across the education, aviation and space industries – took over Primary Care People last month. Documents published by the locum agency's administrators revealed it owed almost £2.3m to creditors.

GP impact

One locum told GPonline that she was still owed over £12,000 for work completed across April, May and June this year through the agency before it went into administration, which had forced her to raid savings to cover day-to-day expenses.

The missing money had also piled additional stress onto her upcoming plans to move house and get married, she added.

Another recently-qualified locum, who said she was owed almost £8,000 for work done from May to July, said the payment delays had made it ‘extremely difficult’ to cope as the main breadwinner with two children – especially as she was still reeling from payments owed from the MRCGP CSA exam.

She said she had started to receive her back pay in small instalments. ‘I wish they would pay me back sooner,’ she added.

Colm McGinley, CEO of the McGinley Group, said: ‘The importance of paying back what was owed to all GPs was really at the heart of our takeover bid of Primary Care People.

‘By honouring these repayments, implementing a new group leadership team, central support function and adopting a fresh business approach, we hope to rehabilitate the image and reputation of PCP within its core market.

‘The vision for PCP under the McGinley Group banner is to relaunch with our values and vision at its core.’

The McGinley Group said it will now introduce a new group leadership team to ‘accelerate a brand new business strategy’ to help turn around the business.

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