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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15175: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the average weekly payment is to locum GPs, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 March 2018

There is no set rate for a locum. Locums are self-employed and can agree their own rates. Boards and practices cannot combine to set a rate for locums either nationally or locally. The Scottish Government, through the Statement of Financial Entitlement, directs boards to reimburse practices up to various levels depending on why a locum is required but this does not establish a cap or going rate for locums.

Locum staff are essential to cover periods of planned and unplanned absence and ensure patient safety.