NHS England to fund local banks of GPs working flexibly
NHS England is to provide local health systems with £120,000 each to set up new 'flexible pools' of locum and salaried GPs to support practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

Hospital Staffs Stretched Thin During Virus Surge in CA
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Medical staffing is stretched increasingly thin as California hospitals scramble to find beds for patients amid an explosion of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state’s emergency care system. As of Sunday, more than 16,840 people were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach 75,000 by mid-January. More than 3,610 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units. Al...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 21, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus California Hospital Source Type: news

N.W.T. issued dozens of emergency licences to Alberta physicians in first stage of pandemic response 
The territory granted dozens of emergency licenses to Alberta physicians and locums to provide virtual care during the initial stages of the pandemic, CBC News has learned.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

N.W.T. issued dozens of emergency licences to Alberta physicians in first-stage of pandemic response 
The territory granted dozens of emergency licenses to Alberta physicians and locums to provide virtual care during the initial stages of the pandemic, CBC News has learned.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Health care startup plans new HQ in McKinney, hires alongside pandemic pivot
As demand for nurses increases, LocuMatch is pivoting to meet that demand, and it's planning to hires and a new HQ to keep up. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 10, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kevin Cummings Source Type: news

Evers Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Health Care Workforce
The Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Administration (DOA) have recently contracted with a staffing agency to assist in hiring more staff for health care and skilled nursing facilities. This contract is the latest in a list of efforts by Governor Evers and his administration to boost staffing at facilities across the state. “Our health care and skilled nursing facility staff have been on the front lines of this pandemic since the beginning,” said DHS Secretary-designee...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Lack of support left locums at physical and financial risk in pandemic, say LMCs
Locum GPs have faced significant physical and financial risk because of a lack of support through the COVID-19 pandemic, LMCs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices can use £150m COVID fund to hire locum GPs, BMA confirms
GP practices in England can use their share of a £150m COVID capacity fund to hire locums, the BMA has confirmed, easing fears the cash would be tied up in red tape and limited to salaried posts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

State issues coronavirus safety fine to Farmer John plant in Vernon
State officials said the company and its temporary staffing agency failed to provide PPE, require physical distancing or train employees in ways to avoid infection. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Leila Miller Source Type: news

NHS bid to 'corral locum GPs' into permanent roles with £150m pandemic fund
NHS officials are trying to 'corral locum GPs' into salaried positions with a £150m fund to support GP capacity during the pandemic, sessional GP representatives have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Locum GPs 'sucked up' by private sector as COVID-19 hits income
Locum GPs have been 'sucked up' by private sector healthcare providers as the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a sharp fall in NHS income, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Kenya: 175 Support Staff Medics in Kisumu Protest Nonpayment of Salaries Since April
[Capital FM] Kisumu -- Over 100 locum health workers contacted by the Kisumu County downed their tools on Thursday to protest nonpayment of salaries since April. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Community pharmacy staff flu vaccination
To help protect community pharmacy teams from seasonal flu and ongoing Covid-19 risks, NHS England and NHS Improvement is asking employers to ensure that all their staff, including locums, are vaccinated as soon as possible. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third of locum GPs considering switch to permanent role after pandemic disruption
A third of locum GPs are considering moving to a permanent role after a sharp drop in available work triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP locum rates across UK increased over past 12 months, poll suggests
Average rates paid to locum GPs by practices have risen in all parts of the UK over the past 12 months, according to analysis by GPonline's sister site Medeconomics. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Most young GPs tempted by golden hellos for partnership roles, poll suggests
Most salaried GPs, locums and registrars say the offer of £20,000 golden hello payments to first-time GP partners could encourage them to take on partnership roles, a poll shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Locum GP exodus to salaried roles as COVID-19 pandemic hits income
As many as 1,000 GPs may have quit locum work to take up salaried positions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic because of concerns over financial security, sessional GP leaders believe. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Pennsylvania announces plan to hire 1,000 more Covid-19 contact tracers
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is hiring 1,000 additional contract tracers to bolster the state ’s efforts to contain coronavirus outbreaks by quickly notifying people who might have been exposed according to WPXI. The Health Department announced a $23 million, federally funded contract with Atlanta-based staffing agency Insight Global to recruit, hire and train the new workers, who will jo in the state’s existing contact-tracing force of more than 650 WPXI reports. The new jobs include… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nate Doughty Source Type: news

A Locum Tenens MD Works During COVID: Eerie, Empty Hotels, Desolate Airports A Locum Tenens MD Works During COVID: Eerie, Empty Hotels, Desolate Airports
A physician who travels throughout the country as a locum tenens has found the experience lonelier -- but still rewarding -- during the time of COVID-19.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - June 17, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

How Rich Investors, Not Doctors, Profit From Marking Up ER Bills How Rich Investors, Not Doctors, Profit From Marking Up ER Bills
TeamHealth, a medical staffing firm owned by private-equity giant Blackstone, charges multiples more than the cost of ER care. The money left over after covering costs goes to the company, not the doctors.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA
The government must do ‘the right thing’ and secure adequate death-in-service benefits for all locum GPs before a potential second coronavirus peak, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

More than half of GP locums have seen a significant drop in income due to COVID-19
More than half of GP locums have experienced a significant fall in their income during the COVID-19 pandemic, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Locums to be covered by life assurance scheme
The Government has confirmed to RPS that locums in England are covered by the new death in service benefit for frontline NHS key workers during COVID-19. This followsan earlier clarification from the (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 22, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

The doctor, 30, who feared she would die with coronavirus
Dr Geraldine McGroarty, who works as a locum doctor in A&E, was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London last month after contracting Covid-19. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Professional Disability Associates Announces Sarah Lawsure as Vice...
Leading disability solutions and advisory services provider appoints industry veteran and respected clinical strategist to lead and grow its medical file review and medical staffing offerings(PRWeb May 11, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/professional_disability_associates_announces_sarah_lawsure_as_vice_president_of_clinical_and_vocational_services/prweb17095881.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Locums forced to choose between high-risk work and unemployment in pandemic
Locum GPs are being forced to choose between taking on high-risk face-to-face shifts or going without work during the coronavirus pandemic, GP leaders say. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Locum GPs 'stranded' as work dries up in COVID-19 crisis
Locum GPs have been left in limbo during the COVID-19 pandemic with routine work drying up and NHS 111 shifts oversubscribed, sessional GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 29, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government failure to guarantee GP death-in-service rights in England 'shameful'
BMA leaders have hit out a 'shameful' failure by the UK government to provide guarantees to locum GPs, retired doctors returning to the frontline and newly-qualified clinicians over death-in-service rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Scotland offers locum death-in-service guarantee as Westminster dithers
Scotland has guaranteed that all staff including locums will be eligible for full death-in-service benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, as doctors' leaders hit out at the Westminster government's failure to deliver an equivalent promise. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

KKR-backed Envision Healthcare hires restructuring advisers
Medical staffing group hit by drop in elective surgeries since coronavirus arrived in US (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Locums hit out over death-in-service delay amid COVID-19 pandemic
Locum GPs and returners have yet to receive assurances over death-in-service rights more than a month after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

New York City hospitals cancel temporary workers as coronavirus cases stabilize
Staffing agencies, which have deployed thousands of healthcare workers in recent weeks to jobs at hospitals in New York City and other areas hit hard by the coronavirus, say some of those temporary workers are no longer needed. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Practices offered less than average locum rate for bank holiday opening
Practices in England will be reimbursed a maximum of just £62.50 an hour for locum cover over the Easter bank holidays as they remain open to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Alteon Health slashes benefits for doctors and nurses trying to fight coronavirus
(Natural News) As some companies work to increase employee pay amid the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Alteon Health, a major medical staffing organization, is reportedly slashing salaries, reducing time off, and trimming retirement benefits for its doctors and nurses because it says revenues are down. According to the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, Alteon, which is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cashflow fears for locums as government relaxes 10-week pension rule
Locums will have longer to declare pensionable income under plans to relax a 10-week time limit during the coronavirus outbreak - but could face cashflow problems as practices struggle to pay on time. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Zero hours deal to guarantee death-in-service rights for locum GPs
Locums will be guaranteed full death-in-service rights during the coronavirus outbreak under a zero hours contract that GP leaders hope to unveil later this week, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Failure to secure locum death-in-service benefits ‘morally unforgivable’, warn doctors
Failure to provide death-in-service guarantees to locum GPs during the coronavirus pandemic would be ‘morally unforgivable’, the Doctors Association UK (DAUK) has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Workforce chief ‘shocked’ by reports of agencies hiking rates
NHS workforce chiefs have expressed concern over reports of recruitment agencies increasing their rates for staff since the coronavirus outbreak, in what appears to be profiteering. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Locum GPs turning down shifts over lack of protection during COVID-19 outbreak
Locum GPs are hesitating to book sessions and cancelling work during the COVID-19 outbreak because of inadequate sick pay and death-in-service guarantees, a survey reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Locums demand sick pay and death-in-service guarantee amid coronavirus outbreak
Locum GPs have demanded guarantees over sick pay and full death-in-service rights during the coronavirus outbreak - warning that doctors could refuse to work or face bankruptcy. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Doc Shortage, Turnover Are Factors in Locum Tenens Surge: Report Doc Shortage, Turnover Are Factors in Locum Tenens Surge: Report
A new survey shows a big rise in the percentage of hospital and practice managers seeking locum tenens physicians as many employed physicians relocate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Locum Tenens Surge Due to Doc Shortage, Turnover Locum Tenens Surge Due to Doc Shortage, Turnover
A new survey shows a big rise in the percentage of hospital and practice managers seeking locum tenens physicians as many employed physicians relocate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Ghana: Locum Doctors Augment Service Delivery in UER Hospital
[Ghanaian Times] Management of the Upper East Regional Hospital has engaged the services of six locum doctors as part of strategies to bridge the doctor-patient ratio of about 1:25,000 for quality service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news