The BMA’s recent survey of the profession included just over 3,000 sessional GP respondents.
Just over 70% of locum GP respondent’s gave flexibility and the desire for a good work-life balance as the reasons for opting for their role, whereas the figure was just under 60% for salaried GPs.
BMA GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair Vicky Weeks said: ‘These figures show that working as a sessional GP is a positive career choice…the majority of sessional GPs do not want a partnership and are attracted to the role because of specific positive features of working as a sessional GP.’
Perhaps the most striking finding of the survey was that only 7 per cent of salaried GPs, and 3 per cent of locum GPs, are working as sessional GPs because there are no partnerships available in their area.
And compounding this, the BMA survey found only 44% of practice-employed salaried GPs want a partnership in the future, while only 23% cent of locum GPs would want to become a partner.
Other findings relate to the model contract available from the the BMA. All salaried GPs are recommended to use this contract, or one offering similar terms and conditions.
57% of salaried GPs have been on the BMA model contract in every practice they have worked in, whereas over a quarter of salaried GPs are not, leaving them vulnerable to suboptimal working terms and exploitation.