Locum GP rates ‘linked to deprivation’, British Medical Association warns

BBC News. Published online: 13th June 2016

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Data analysis by BBC News found in some parts of the country 18% of the GP workforce was made up of locums compared to a national average of 3.4%. The BMA warned of an unacceptable “variation in care quality”. NHS England said it planned to recruit an extra 5,000 doctors to work in general practice by 2020.

The data was collected for the first time by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. It showed in September 2015 there were 1,321 locum GPs working in practices across England.

Analysis found Clinical Commissioning Groups in some of the most deprived parts of the country used a higher percentage of locums. NHS Bradford City – the most deprived CCG area in the country – had the second highest use of locum doctors with 18% of its of GPs being classed as temporary practitioners in September 2015.

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