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GP numbers down 1% since June, official data reveal
The number of full-time equivalent GPs in England - excluding locums - fell by 1% between June and September 2017, official NHS workforce data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Wisconsin medical staffing firm acquires Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare
TotalMed Staffing, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based clinical staffing company that serves over 5,000 medical facilities across the U.S., has acquired Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare Staffing Inc. The deal was completed Oct. 31, according to a statement released by TotalMed. Steve Swan, chief technology officer for TotalMed, declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition or the revenues of either company. Valley Healthcare was founded in 2002 and employed about 35 full-time staff. Befo re the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Wisconsin medical staffing firm acquires Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare
TotalMed Staffing, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based clinical staffing company that serves over 5,000 medical facilities across the U.S., has acquired Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare Staffing Inc. The deal was completed Oct. 31, according to a statement released by TotalMed. Steve Swan, chief technology officer for TotalMed, declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition or the revenues of either company. Valley Healthcare was founded in 2002 and employed about 35 full-time staff. Befo re the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Locum GPs need more support and protection, LMCs warn
GP leaders at the England LMCs conference have called on the GPC to formulate a 'blueprint for the future of general practice' that will improve support for sessional GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Making locum work more attractive 'could ease GP workforce crisis'
The GPC should draw up plans to make locum GP careers more attractive and push for financial backing from NHS England, LMCs will argue next week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery
Not a single person applied to work as a GP in the surgery which is currently staffed by locums. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors threaten legal action against NHS over IR35 tax rules
Unions representing locum doctors have threatened to seek a judicial review against NHS Improvement claiming the NHS is continuing to wrongly apply new tax rules. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Unions launch legal challenge to locum doctors tax rule
They say trusts “unlawful” interpretation of new tax rules is leaving workers out of pocket Related items fromOnMedica Regulator backs down on agency staff tax rules Curb PFI company profits to fund patient care, says think tank ‘Secret plans’ detail severe cuts across the NHS Widespread public support for tax hike to fund NHS Experts call for higher tax to boost NHS finances (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

7 Things Doctors Can Learn From Doing Locum Tenens
Participating in locum tenens helped a group of new doctor's excel in their everyday practice. Here's what they had to say about their experience. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lisa Grabl Tags: Career Operations Physician Productivity Physician Compensation Source Type: news

NHS Improvement to introduce 'maximum' caps on agency rates
Hospitals struggling to recruit medical locums to tackle staff shortages will need to limit the amount they can spend even when safety is a factor, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Capital's trusts to introduce 'maximum' caps on agency rates
Hospitals in London struggling to recruit medical locums to tackle staff shortages are to limit the amount they can spend even when safety is a factor from this weekend, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Staffing agencies' profits fall after national squeeze on rates
The four largest agencies supplying temporary medical staff to the NHS have seen a 24 per cent fall in turnover, HSJ analysis reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Most partners plan to cut costs by reducing use of locum GPs
Over 60% of GP partners plan to cut their practice's use of locum GPs in the next year, and half could reduce their own pay to keep their practices sustainable. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Medical staffing firm to relocate to Kettering
​The Dayton branch of Dedicated Nursing Associates, a medical staffing and home care firm, will relocate early next year to an office in Far Hills Square in Kettering. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Cecilia Salomone Source Type: news

Medical staffing firm to relocate to Kettering
​The Dayton branch of Dedicated Nursing Associates, a medical staffing and home care firm, will relocate early next year to an office in Far Hills Square in Kettering. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Cecilia Salomone Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes government U-turn on selling NHS staffing agency
UNISON has welcomed the government’s U-turn on plans to sell off NHS Professionals (NHSP), the publicly-owned NHS staffing agency in England. Over the summer UNISON staff and activists combined with the We Own It campaign group to petition and lobby MPs, civil servants and the National Audit Office. The result has been hailed as a public sector success story, in allowing NHS trusts to avoid private sector agencies and ensuring that staff are employed on NHS pay and conditions. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government has at last seen sense. NHS Professionals is an organisation that saves the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 8, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS England nhs pay NHS Professionals NHS staff recruitment Source Type: news

Government halts sale of NHS Professionals staffing agency
The government has revealed that is abandoning its plans to sell off the health service ’s in-house workforce agency just under a year after it began the process. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Dares Striking Doctors, Orders Hospitals to Hire Interim Physicians
[Premium Times] The Federal Government has directed Chief Medical Directors of Federal Hospitals to immediately engage the services of locum doctors, to augment the services of Consultants, pending the resolution of the ongoing strike by the resident doctors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Locums could be paying thousands of pounds of tax in error
Locum GPs could be paying thousands of pounds in 'unfair' tax payments, the Locum Doctors' Union (LDU) has said, as it released guidance advising locums how to navigate IR35 tax rules with providers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs
Contracts offered to recruitment agencies to help NHS achieve its goal of boosting workforce by 5,000 GPs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS will pay £100 million to agencies to recruit GPs
Recruitment agencies will be paid £20,000 for every doctor found in England. An estimated 5,000 is needed by 2020, with up to 3,000 coming from overseas, it has been announced. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lowdown on Locum Tenens: Healthcare Career Insights
(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 26, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Third of trainee GPs plan to avoid NHS general practice
Locum working appeals most to new GPs Related items fromOnMedica RCGP opposes changes to GP training What value do GPs offer? Current heavy workloads threaten doctors ’ training General practice faces ‘brain drain’ A third of GPs plan to retire within the next five years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Locums twice as likely as partners to see higher increases in indemnity costs
GP locums are twice as likely as partners to see larger increases in their indemnity costs, a GPonline poll suggests, with 14% of locums and 7% of partners reporting that fees rose more than 30% this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

How Locum Tenens Has Changed Over the Past 20 Years
This Locum Tenens recruiter has gone from explaining to doctors what the concept is to explaining how it would work for them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Melissa Byington Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Practice Models Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Locum agency's new owners pledge to pay GPs in full
GPs owed thousands of pounds by a locum agency that went into administration last month have been told by its new owners that they will be paid back in full. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum agency owed GP and nurses over £350,000 when it went into administration
GPs and nurses were owed more than £350,000 by locum agency Primary Care People when it went into administration last month, a statement from a new company that bought the agency reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum agency owed GPs and nurses over £350,000 when it went into administration
GPs and nurses were owed more than £350,000 by locum agency Primary Care People when it went into administration last month, a statement from a new company that bought the agency reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Building a strong FDA workforce to bring scientific advances to patients
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. The key to FDA’s public health mission, and its ability to bring innovative new therapies to patients, is the technical, scientific, and clinical expertise of its people. As the products that we’re asked to review become more complex and specialized, so do the technical demands on our workforce. Our staff must remain current with the dramatic advances in science and medicine and meet the increasing demands that globalization and other trends place on our core consumer protection functions. As a result, FDA continually faces the challenges related to building and maintaining a diverse, t...
Source: Mass Device - July 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

GPs continue to choose locum careers over salaried and partner roles
GPs are continuing to choose to work as GP locums rather than remain in partner or salaried roles, a survey suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Help stop the sale of NHS Professionals
The government has announced plans to sell of 75% of NHS Professionals, the publicly owned NHS staffing agency, and UNISON is urging members and branches to support the campaign to stop the sale, which is being organised by the We Own It campaign group. You can help the campaign by signing the petition against the sale on the group’s website. Sign the petition now And you can contact your MP to get them to back Early Day Motion 152 opposing the sale in the House of Commons. So far, it has been signed by 29 MPs from Labour, the Green Party, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP and an independent unionist. EDMs are a good w...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health care health professionals NHS nursing privatisation Source Type: news

'Alarming' shortages of paediatricians
Four in 10 vacancies across the UK are being filled by locums Related items fromOnMedica Neonatal staff shortage warning Child health services require major shake-up, census reveals New report reveals 1 in 4 children in UK lives in poverty Paediatricians slam US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Locum Tenens Physicians Help Achieve the Quadruple Aim
As the " Triple Aim " evolves into the " Quadruple Aim, " locum tenens physicians become even more vital to achieving your goals. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Melissa Byington Tags: Healthcare Careers Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Locums promised payment as Primary Care People buyout completed
Locum agency Primary Care People has committed to settling all outstanding payments to GPs after being bought out of administration on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum's Nest gets $1.4M to help NHS Trusts fill shifts
Locum ’s Nest, a UK technology startup aiming to disrupt the way NHS hospitals staff temporary doctor vacancies, has raised $1.4 million (£1.1 million) in a round led by UK investment manager Albion Capital and Oman-based innovation firm IDO Investments. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Network Locum rebranded to Lantum
Network Locum, an online platform enabling flexible working for healthcare professionals, particularly locum GPs, has rebranded to Lantum. (Source: Hospital Management)
Source: Hospital Management - July 9, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

DH spends £2m on stalled NHS Professionals sale
The Department of Health has spent nearly £2m on the stalled sale of a majority stake NHS Professionals, the health service’s in-house temporary staffing agency. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs remain unpaid as locum agency goes into administration
Locum GPs are still waiting to receive thousands of pounds from an agency that has now gone into administration after struggling to keep up with payments. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum GPs fear being left in limbo as payment deadline looms
Locum GPs who have been promised payment this week by an agency that owes doctors thousands of pounds fear they could be left in limbo as a court case to liquidate some of the company's assets is set to begin next week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS staffing agency moves towards privatisation
State-owned body saves health service £70m a year (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - June 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Over half of sessional GPs suffer work-related stress
Seven in ten say they might quit profession if locum pay caps introduced in general practice Related items fromOnMedica Locum cover highest in areas of high deprivation Locum doctor numbers rise 62% in past five years Locum pay rates continue to rise GP patient care quality sliding into ‘state of emergency’ GP leaders warn against ‘imposing’ services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP hires debt collector as locum agency struggles to pay doctors
A locum GP has hired debt collectors to go after almost £4,000 in unpaid fees from an agency that says it is struggling to pay doctors following changes to IR35 tax rules. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

U-turn on 'chaotic' IR35 rules to prevent locum tax hikes
The BMA has welcomed NHS Improvement's decision to reverse its 'disastrous' advice on IR35 tax forms that would have 'significantly penalised' GP locums and increased their costs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Three in five GP practices increased their use of locums in past year
Three in five GP practices have had to rely more heavily on locums to continue providing services during the past year, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 31, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Regulator backs down on agency staff tax rules
GP locums will benefit from U-turn on tax rules Related items fromOnMedica The curate ’s egg of agency spend: when it comes to money, less is more Sign up with your local trust ’s in-house bank, nurses urged Locum cover highest in areas of high deprivation Locum doctor numbers rise 62% in past five years Locum pay rates continue to rise (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Regulator 'updates' stance on new agency staff tax rules
The regulator NHS Improvement has pulled back from a blanket approach to new tax rules for bank, agency and locum staff, telling trusts to apply assessments on a “case-by-case basis”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 30, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Workforce app targets agency fees costing NHS up to £600m
A social networking app is aiming to cut into the hundreds of millions of pounds NHS trusts pay to temporary staffing agencies. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Video: More than half of sessional GPs report work-related sickness
Over half of salaried and locum GPs say they have been made unwell because of work-related stress in the past year, according to a BMA survey, with more than one in 10 forced to take time off sick. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

BMA data exposes truth behind 'money-grubbing locums' myth, says Dr Zoe Norris
Poll data on locum and sessional GPs gathered by the BMA shatters claims that they are young, money-obsessed doctors with no attachment to local areas, GPC sessional chair Dr Zoe Norris has revealed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Angry nurses plan summer of protest
Nurses threaten strike action unless pay curbs are eased Related items fromOnMedica Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers Locum pay rates continue to rise Nurses asked to consider strike action Unions slam 1% pay rise for NHS staff Anger at 1% pay rise for NHS staff in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news