Why a GP locum’s work is more risky

14th May 2013 by Judith Harvey

Why a GP locum’s work is more risky

Locums must heed the higher risk of mistakes compared with other GPs, says Dr Judith Harvey.

GPs live with risk. It is what we do everyday when deciding which treatment options are the best for our patients. Being a locum ups the stakes, although the risk level can be managed.

Allowing yourself to be logged into practices’ clinical systems as ‘locum’ rather than with your own unique log-in, is akin to a warning siren because the resulting audit trails are open to challenge.

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