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 am a huge fan of LocumDeck and the platform you’ve built is just fantastic. I used it a few years ago and returned to locuming again recently, and the platform has evolved into something even better. When I came back to locuming, I wasn’t sure how I'd find work, so I decided to turn on Instant Book and see what happened. Within 30 minutes, I was fully booked for the next month, I was delighted!"

Dr Selina Shaw, GP, Buckinghamshire

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