Report calls for improved systems for employing locumsBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1141 (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1141
- Samena Chaudhry
Hospitals should adopt better procedures for checking the qualifications and experience of locum consultants and monitoring their performance, a new report said last week.
The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) asked the Department of Health to consider establishing a national database to allow trusts to access doctors' qualifications and to equip all locums with a “passport to practise” through a “smart card” that records their employment history and qualifications.
Trusts also needed to ensure that such doctors had adequate accommodation and equipment and that they did not have a disproportionately high workload, the report …