NHS England intends to set up local banks of GPs working flexibly, according to its People Plan which was published on Thursday.
The People Plan says the NHS must build on flexible working that has been developed during covid-19 as a key way to retain staff.
The plan sets out measures to boost staff wellbeing, recruitment and retention in the year to come. It also suggests Primary Care Networks should utilise staff from these flexible banks rather than expensive locum and agency options.
The report also addressed NHS commitment to meet the government target of 6,000 new GPs. However, further details would not be possible until the government clarifies its budget.
Full story - GP Online, December 2020.