LMCs to ensure commissioning groups include locum and salaried GPs

LMCs will scrutinise clinical commissioning groups to ensure that locum and salaried GPs are included, the BMA has said.

Dr McMahon highlighted the discrimination often faced by locum and salaried GPs.
Dr McMahon highlighted the discrimination often faced by locum and salaried GPs.

Delegates at the Annual Representative’s Meeting in Cardiff voted in favour of a motion that called for LMCs to ‘scrutinise the performance of local commissioning consortia on compliance with GPC guidance in inclusion of sessional GPs.’

The motion also called for the BMA to create a toolkit for the creation of local sessional GP groups.

The motion was presented on behalf of the Leicester and Rutland division by Dr Vijoy Singh.

Dr Singh said that in his local area, the east midlands, the PCTs had no system to inform locum or salaried GPs about issues of public health.

In the absence of this information ‘locum GPs put themselves in a situation where complaints can be made by the patient,’ Dr Singh said.

Dr Singh called for the BMA to provide administrative support to locum and salaried GPs to created sessional GP groups.
‘Sessional GPs, especially locum GPs, work in isolation. In most part of the country there is no group where sessional GPs can meet and exchange views,’ Dr Singh said.

Speaking in favour of the motion Dr Rachel McMahon highlighted the discrimination often faced by locum and salaried GPs.

‘Salaried GPs have a national contract and pay scale but not a large number of practices are not obliged to follow this,’ Dr McMahon said.

Dr McMahon said that as a salaried GP she had been offered a salary that was 20% lower than the bottom of the pay scale.  

‘This is profiteering from offering poor terms and conditions,’ Dr McMahon said.

‘The exploitation of doctors by anybody is unacceptable and the exploitation of doctors by other doctors is unforgivable,’ Dr McMahon added.

Chairman of the BMA Dr Hamish Meldrum supported the motion.

‘Certainly we should do everything to avoid exploitation of colleagues by other colleagues.’

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