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Why bother with a substantive post if you can locum?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4353
  1. Marika Davies, freelance journalist, London
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Applying for a substantive post after many years of training is the natural career path for most doctors, but to some the flexibility of locum posts is more attractive. Marika Davies reports


  • Competing interests: I have read and understood BMJ’s policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I am employed as a medicolegal adviser by the Medical Protection Society.

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