|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
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,
RECOGNITION FOR EQUAL WORK
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
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
Anyone with experience of unfairness
by the GMC should contact the LDA. All evidence
will be anonymised in the report.
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
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.