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THE LOCUM DOCTORS’ ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON CONCERNS ABOUT REPORTING LOCUMS AS BROADCAST TODAY AND BASED ON SIR KEITH PEARSON’S REVIEW

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THE LOCUM DOCTORS’ ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON CONCERNS ABOUT REPORTING LOCUMS AS BROADCAST TODAY AND BASED ON SIR KEITH PEARSON’S REVIEW.

 LDA CONDEMNS THE REVIEW WHICH SIMPLY ENDORSES THE GMC’S PRACTICES. WE DEPLORE THE ONE-SIDED CRITICISM OF LOCUMS. NO PARTY CONSULTED US ON ANY OF THIS.  THE REVIEW IS BIASED. LDA’S OWN REPORTS HAVE CRITICISED THE GMC SO CONVENIENTLY SIR KEITH DID NOT CONSULT US

 THE REVIEW QUOTES THE GMC AS SPOKESPERSON FOR LOCUMS!!

 THE REVIEW REPORT SAYS: “LOCUMS ARE PERCEIVED TO BE RISKY DOCTORS”. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE FOR THIS. MOST DEATHS AND HARMS ARE CAUSED BY SUBSTANTIVE DOCTORS. DR SHIPMAN WAS A GP NOT A LOCUM. ONE BAD GERMAN LOCUM DOCTOR SWALLOW DOES NOT MAKE A SUMMER.

WHY IS IT IGNORED THAT HOSPITALS COVER UP HARM BY THEIR SUBSTANTIVE DOCTORS TO AVOID LITIGATION. SUBSTANTIVE DOCTORS ARE APPRAISED AND REVALIDATED WITHOUT ANY CONCERNS BEING INCLUDED.

 WE QUESTION THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE INFO IN THE REPORT. THE FIGURES IN THE REPORT CONTRADICT THE FIGURES WE OBTAINED IN A FOI REQUEST FROM THE GMC.ACCORDING TO SIR KEITH 3000 ( on one page) then 4000 on another page lost or relinquished their licences. According to the FOI request 33,667 doctors lost or relinquished their licences because of Revalidation.

 THE REPORT IS SILENT ON THE NON-AVAILABILITY OF SPs AND ROs AND APPRAISERS FOR LOCUMS.

 THE REVIEW QUOTES THE UMBRELLA SURVEY.  IT WAS PUBLISHED BEFORE UMBRELLA COMLETED ITS SURVEY.  IT IS STILL SURVEYING DOCTORS. ANOTHER REASON FOR DOUBTING ITS CREDIBILITY.

 FINALLY LDA DEPLORES THE PERSISTENT, SELEC TIVE AND DISCRIMINATORY ATTACKS ON LOCUM DOCTORS, OUR PAY, PERFORMANCE AND COMPETENCE ALL WITHOUT ANY ROBUST EVIDENCE.

IF WE WITHDREW LABOUR THE NHS WOULD TOTALLY COLLAPSE IN A WEEK. INDEED THE PRESENT A & E CRISIS IS PARTLY DUE TO THE HUNDREDS OF LOCUMS IN THIS SPECIALTY WHO RELINQUISHED THEIR LICENCES BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT FIND ROs, SPs AND APPRAISERS.

GOOD LUCK NHS!

For more info contact Shehnaz Somjee at LDA on 07850574961 or lda@blueyonder.co.uk. We are on Facebook.

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