Nine in ten GP practices struggle to find locums

Almost 90% of GP practices are struggling to find locums to cover shifts amid growing pressures on the workforce, the BMA has said.

Its survey of almost 3,000 GP practices also showed that just one in ten GP practices in England is able to get by without locum cover.

The GPC said the fact that the ‘vast majority’ of GPs practices are ‘having to rely routinely on temporary cover’ was adding to growing evidence of the pressures that general practice is under, calling on the Government to act.

Full story in Pulse 5 April 2016