Freelance GP locums, locum agencies and industrial action

8th June 2012 by NASGP

We’ve now received some information from MPU-Unite about self-employed freelance GPs taking industrial action further to the BMA’s decision to call for industrial action on the  21st June 2012, and this is their advice:

Can a freelance self-employed locum take industrial action on the 21st June? If so, in what form, and what should they be careful of?

“If they are in NHS pension scheme then they can take action and must inform their employers ie the practice that they intend to do so. If they are not booked to work, they can join local demonstrations, picket lines etc”

What if a locum receives a call from an agency who’s been asked to get a locum to cover industrial action?

“They should not accept as this is the practice trying to get round the effect of legal industrial action (there could be examples where death or illness in the practice makes emergency cover difficult and a locum could provide this, but not routine care).”

I’m not a BMA or Unite-MPU member – can I still take industrial action?

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