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General Practitioners: Locums

Question for Department of Health

UIN 363, tabled on 28 May 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many locum GPs are available; and what the average daily rate is for a locum GP.

Answered on

4 June 2015

The requested information is not collected centrally.

General practitioners (GPs) are independent contractors who provide primary medical services on behalf of the National Health Service. As independent businesses, it is the responsibility of individual GP practices to employ locum GPs to meet their needs.

In employing locums, GP practices must meet the requirements set out in the GP contract regulations to ensure that they are appropriately qualified and registered.