Welsh GP locums free to keep using LocumDeck after NASGP campaign against ‘banks’

15th January 2021 by NASGP

Welsh GP locums free to keep using LocumDeck after NASGP campaign against ‘banks’

A spokesman for the Welsh health department confirmed that “a locum can choose to book sessions … through other arrangements”. 

NASGP raised concerns that Welsh GP locums were being corralled into a bank, known as Locum Hub Wales.

But the spokesperson confirmed that locums and practices could continue to use LocumDeck or other arrangements, as long as work was logged in Locum Hub Wales. 

NASGP chair Dr Richard Fieldhouse said: “I’m glad that Welsh Government have engaged with us. I would have preferred that they would have approached this project from the point of view of the needs of their GP locums as well as practices, rather than creating so much anxiety by forcing locums to use LHW under threat of not being covered by GMPI.

“We have now asked if they will allow us to work with their IT development team to allow NASGP members in Wales to submit records direct from LocumDeck to LHW at the click of a mouse.”

Read DHSS’s letter in full.

"I started working as a locum GP in January this year and NASGP have been invaluable in helping to co-ordinate my bookings and organise all the administrative aspects of sessional work which can be complex and time consuming. Their client support is outstanding and they have always resolved any queries promptly and personally. They care about the service they provide and I would not hesitate to recommend them to any sessional GPs who want to minimise time spent on administration and focus on providing patients with high quality care."

Dr Paul Riley, Locum GP

Dr Paul Riley, Locum GP

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