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

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".’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in


  • Clinical Lead Menlo Park Recruitment East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Clinical Lead Menlo Park Recruitment Cottingham
  • Private GP Menlo Park Recruitment Tunbridge Wells
  • GP Partner Menlo Park Recruitment Fareham
  • GP Tuakau Health Centre New Zealand (Tuakau - Franklin Region)

Just published

BMA chair Professor Phil Banfield

BMA urges Lords to block legislation for GMC to regulate PAs

The BMA has urged peers to block legislation that would make the GMC responsible...

Patient satisfaction screen

How a GP practice worked with patients to stop a torrent of complaints

A GP practice has seen complaints drop from 50-plus a day to just four in 10 months...

British Army soldiers marching

How the NHS Op COURAGE service can help support veterans

Armed forces veterans often have unique health needs. Clinical staff from London...

GP consultation

Continuity of care would save millions of GP appointments each year, new study finds

GP workload would be significantly reduced if continuity of care was prioritised...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Visa sponsor shortage threatens GP workforce, locum GPs struggle to find work, record appointments

The GPonline team discusses the key news stories affecting general practice in our...

RCGP sign

RCGP condemns threat to retention funding as third of GPs consider quitting

Funding for GP retention risks being stripped away to cover other financial pressures...