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Managing your locum insurance costs

August 11, 2016, by in Locums

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Managing your locum insurance costs

By Lynda Cox One of the biggest annual costs that GP practices incur is their locum insurance premium. As a large cost, it’s something which the practice or business manager needs to keep an eye on, in case it gets out of hand. Cost control is an integral part of your role and as with

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Questions to ask when hiring a locum

October 22, 2015, by in Locums

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Questions to ask when hiring a locum

The well-publicised GP shortage, rising stresses and strains of the job leading to increased absenteeism and an ever-growing demand for GP services means that locums are becoming an increasingly essential component of any GP practice’s workforce. But how can you make sure you’re selecting a locum that fits in well in your practice and how

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Business continuity – GP staffing

August 4, 2015, by in Insurance, Locums, Staff

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Business Continuity - GP staffing

Continuity planning is important for any business and the time to do it is now, not when the cracks start appearing. As far as staffing is concerned, no matter how stable the workforce, it’s always possible for a crisis to land on the practice manager’s desk.  This could range from a valued member of staff

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch

May 19, 2015, by in Locums

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In the 19th century there was a practice in American bars of enticing customers by offering a “free lunch“. The customer would need to buy just one drink to qualify for his “free lunch” but the food tended to be cheap and highly salted  …  so the customer would go on to spend more money

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