Before the Covid-19 pandemic, many doctors were struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance, that didn’t leave them feeling depleted and burnt-out. Then Covid-19 came along and gave healthcare professionals an additional unwelcome challenge to face.
The pandemic has had a profound effect on the working lives of doctors across the globe. Those working in locum positions have unfortunately not been spared from the extraordinary levels of uncertainty and the never-ending cycle of change. Contracts have been terminated prematurely. Sessional work has been harder to find.
Financial insecurity and levels of general uncertainty about the future have increased. Some doctors have found themselves forced into, or out of, portfolio careers sooner than they had previously planned. At the same time, some have felt extremely grateful for the greater level of autonomy and freedom that locum work has brought them.