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Nine in 10 general practices struggle to find locum cover

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 05 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1940
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. BMJ

Almost nine in 10 general practices in England struggle to find locum doctors to fill staffing gaps, a BMA survey has warned.

The poll of 2814 general practices in England (roughly a third of the total number) also found that only one in 10 practices did not need to use locum services.

Almost half of the practices surveyed (46%) reported that they “frequently” have trouble finding locum cover, while a further 40% said that they “occasionally” have problems.

The …

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