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LDA Newsletter :June 2001 -
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CCST DOUBLE ASSESSMENTS
BETRAYAL BY THE TRADUION
WHO'S WHO IN THE LDA
CHI'S REPORT ON LOCUMS
LDA HAS A WEB SITE !!!
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THIS IS A REALLY DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

LDA HAS NO CONFIDENCE IN THE GMC – FOR VALID REASONS
At the last general meeting in February the LDA debated the GMC’s functions. The GMC has no precise standards. Standards are arbitrarily determined by different individuals, many of whom are known to be biased against locums and minority groups. Unfairness and inconsistency of decisions is seen across all

was agreed that a report into the GMC be prepared for the AGM.
It is essential that the profession be fairly regulated, especially when revalidation is to be introduced, otherwise there is a real risk of the revalidation process becoming a tool to eliminate from the register, all doctors who are not traditional

the GMC’s function from the registration of overseas doctors, the
EQUAL RECOGNITION FOR EQUAL WORK
substantive, full time NHS employees in grey suits. The GMC’s present
criteria for transferring from limited to full registration, the PLAB examination, to the Fitness to Practise procedures which are all currently aimed at doctors like us with discriminatory harshness. Resolutions were unanimously passed on this issue; and the fact that the GMC’s constitution and functions are all in breach of Human Rights Law; and it

position since the implementation of the Human Rights Act is a vulnerable one. Any doctor could challenge it under Article 6 of the ECHR throwing its entire spectrum into turmoil.

Anyone with experience of unfairness by the GMC should contact the LDA. All evidence will be anonymised in the report.

DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE OR YOUR SUFFERINGS WILL MULTIPLY – CHANGES KEEP COMING IN – DRINK LDA’S "LOCUM COFFEE"

LOCUMS HAVE NOT BENEFITED FROM THE RECENT SALARY INCREASES

The pay of consultants and junior doctors has increased substantially but locum rates remain little better. Trusts try to take back part of a locum’s pay in the form of accommodation and other charges. Locums are therefore no better off.

We have only two options. We must seek direct negotiations with the DOH. Locums can also dictate terms by refusing to work for lower pay rates. If locums do not sell themselves short, they will fare better both financially and in the eyes of the NHS. To be valued by others, locums must first upstage themselves in their own eyes.


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