Tighter scrutiny for hospital locums

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:150

Tighter controls over locum doctors in British hospitals, to minimise the risk of incompetent or even bogus doctors being employed, are recommended in a report to the government's chief medical officer, Dr Kenneth Calman. The report, which admits to “some disarray” in the monitoring of locums, sets out a code of practice and recommends the setting up of a blacklist of doctors who are found to be unsatisfactory.

The blacklist would be backed by a central alert system. For the short term it recommends a national scheme of logbooks for locum doctors, following a …

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