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Report calls for improved systems for employing locums

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1141
  1. Samena Chaudhry
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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