BMA calls for single Scottish performers list

Doctors have urged the Scottish government to establish a single, national GP performers list in line with the unified list for England.

Scotland: unified performers list would be simpler
Scotland: unified performers list would be simpler

The BMA annual representative meeting in Edinburgh voted to call for a similar set up in Scotland to that established in England after the abolition of PCTs.

Proposing the motion, freelance locum GP Dr David MacLeod told the conference the 13 different lists across the country meant Scottish locums were forced to go through a time-consuming registration process every time they wanted work in a different area.

In England, however, the single list established with the demise of PCTs meant GPs, once registered, could work anywhere.

‘If I’m a GP in Northumberland and I want to do a locum shift in Penzance, 470-odd miles away, I don’t have to apply to be on another performers list.

‘Whereas if I’m a GP working in Edinburgh, and I want to do an out-of-hours shift in Falkirk 20 miles away, I first have to apply to join the Forth Valley performers list.’

Dr MacLeod said he was recently offered work a two-hour drive away, but despite having worked in five different Scottish Health Board areas in the past year he was first required to submit a six-page application form, a six-page declaration of undertakings, certificates and references for approval.

‘Do they actually want their unfilled GP shifts done or not?’ he asked.

‘I’m afraid my response was: "I’m going to wait for a Scottish single national performers list, or retirement, whatever comes first".’

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