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Time to tackle the system

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 21 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3876
  1. Erik T Walbeehm, consultant hand and plastic surgeon1
  1. 1Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. erikwalbeehm{at}

    The issue of 3 July discussed the problems with locums,1 2 but the question remains, Why is the locum system still alive?

    Locums used to be a way to advance your career, but since Calman they should have become obsolete. With the current fixed rotations, it should be …

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