317 THE GPC That the GPC seeks the views of conference on the following motion from the Sessional GPs Subcommittee: That conference believes Sessional GPs should be seen as an asset by practice networks and federations and
- insists they are employed/contracted by such organisations under favourable terms and conditions
- urges networks and federations to ensure such GPs have adequate access to career progression and development
- asks GPC to strongly promote the use of the salaried model contract by these organisations.
20 years ago, partnerships is what we all did, and working salaried or as a locum was just something young GPs tried before getting a 'proper job'. But now the GP workforce is far more fluid, for all the right reasons. Only a minority of GPs are in partnerships within their first five years post-qualification; the largest cohort of GPs joining locum chambers are existing partners.
So now is it not only the Right Thing To Do to give all GPs decent terms and conditions, but also for slightly more selfish reasons, it's much more likely that today's GP partners will be tomorrow's GP locums or salaried GPs.
LMC Conference 2015