Medicolegal risks for GP locums during Covid-19

17th April 2020 by Rachel Birch

Medicolegal risks for GP locums during Covid-19

Locum GPs may be asked to work in new ways in unfamiliar environments as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, advises on medicolegal dilemmas they may face.

It is no secret that general practice would not survive without the expertise and availability of GP locums. In this current Covid-19 pandemic, it is likely that the NHS has never needed GP locums more.

In light of this, GP locums may have a variety of questions and concerns at this unprecedented and challenging time.

I am worried that my working conditions and environment may be unsafe- how can I protect my own health?

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