GP Partnerships snubbed by sessional GPs
The BMA’s recent survey of the profession included just over 3,000 sessional GP respondents.
Just over 70% of locum GP respondent’s gave flexibility and the desire for a good work-life balance as the reasons for opting for their role, whereas the figure was just under 60% for salaried GPs.
BMA GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair Vicky Weeks said: ‘These figures show that working as a sessional GP is a positive career choice…the majority of sessional GPs do not want a partnership and are attracted to the role because of specific positive features of working as a sessional GP.
Perhaps the most striking finding of the survey was that only 7 per cent of salaried GPs, and 3 per cent of locum GPs, are working as sessional GPs because there are no partnerships available in their area.
And compounding this, the BMA survey found only 44% of practice-employed salaried GPs want a partnership in the future, while only 23% cent of locum GPs would want to become a partner.