Locum doctors ‘refuse to work unless they get a 50% pay rise’: Fears slots over the Easter break could be left blank because of the row : Daily Mail.

 

  • This could open up worrying gaps in rotas over Easter, an NHS watchdog warned
  • NHS Improvement said that some doctors were effectively threatening to strike
  • Jim Mackey, the chief executive, said their behaviour should see them struck off
  • Health Sec Jeremy Hunt imposed pay cap for locum doctors and nurses in 2015

 

Some locum doctors are refusing to work unless they get pay rises of more than 50 per cent, the NHS watchdog has warned.

This could open up worrying gaps in rotas over Easter, it is feared.

NHS Improvement, which regulates hospitals, said some doctors were collaborating and effectively threatening to strike if they aren’t paid extortionate rates.

Jim Mackey, the chief executive, told the Health Service Journal their behaviour should see them struck off the doctors’ register.

Some locum doctors are refusing to work unless they get pay rises of more than 50 per cent, the NHS watchdog has warned.

Some locum doctors are refusing to work unless they get pay rises of more than 50 per cent, the NHS watchdog has warned.

Last Thursday, 14 locum doctors suddenly pulled out of shifts at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, forcing consultants to step in.

And an email from a manager at an unnamed hospital in the South West revealed three locums are refusing to work unless their pay is increased by 56 per cent.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed a pay cap for locum doctors and nurses in 2015 of up to 55 per cent more than the rates paid to permanent staff members.

But hospitals often ignore this and offer far higher rates as otherwise locums might not work, which could leave them short-staffed.

Mr Mackey said: ‘We are trying to hold our nerve and not blink, but safety will drive the decisions. Behaviour reported by trusts in recent days suggested a number of medics were working together, to collectively withdraw labour in an effective “strike”. I don’t know how they’re on the register.’

One unnamed NHS finance director told the HSJ the locums’ tactics were like a ‘Mexican standoff’.

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