Tag: independent contractor status

Sick leave in general practice

On my journey to being a grown-up GP, I completed placements in four different practices as a junior doctor (FY2, ST1, ST3 and ST4). As you might imagine, each placement introduced me to a host of intriguing colleagues – both clinical and non-clinical – who each taught me something different and between them, showed me what good (and bad) healthcare teams look like. Above all, over the course of these placements, I became convinced that the ‘independent contractor’ model of general practice needs to change. One important reason for this was the way in which practices struggled to cope...

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The Locum: Assassin of Independent Contractor Status

Adam Staten is a GP trainee in Surrey and is on Twitter @adamstaten. In the June issue of the BJGP there was a debate as to whether GPs should maintain their status as independent contractors. To me this seemed like a macrocosm of the decision that all newly qualified GPs have to make when it comes to finding a job. Since the new contract for general practice it seems to have become the norm for a new GP to take a salaried job which provides stable employment and predictable pay without the burden of extra responsibilities born by partners....

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