Date lodged: 6 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether there is a maximum time for which a locum can be employed to cover GP vacancies, and what the average time for a locum providing GP cover has been in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 September 2018
The Scottish Government does not set a maximum time for which a GP locum can be engaged. Locums can be engaged to provide cover for a variety of reasons, such as maternity or paternity leave, long-term study leave and sickness cover. It is for locums to agree their terms and conditions with the GP Practice or Health Board which engages them.
The National Primary Care Workforce Survey does not collect annual data on the average time for a locum providing GP cover, however under the 2018 GP Contract GP Practices will provide data on their practice workforce, which will allow more transparency on GP locum use in the future.