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locum

/lo·cum/ (lo´kum) [L.] place.
locum te´nens , locum te´nent a practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another.

locum

adjective Referring to a professional post which is temporarily filled by an appropriately qualified and registered/licensed professional.

noun A health professional who is under temporary contract of employment, filling a post currently vacant due to maternity leave, post-holder’s leave of absence, pending arrival of permanent post-holder, etc.
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Every vacant post puts more of a burden on already overstretched staff and leaves health boards attempting to plug the gaps by trying to secure temporary locum cover.
Figures from Liaison, a company that processes locum payments, reveal the general medicine doctor made PS441,672 last year and cost the NHS an extra PS23,890 in commission to arrange shifts.
A health board spokesperson said: "In order to provide safe, sustainable services for patients, and staff a full on-call rota, the health board must employ locum medical staff to fill gaps left by vacant posts.
My locum fees are paid on time by all the surgeries in which I work - except the one which is run by the LHB.
Locum pharmacists and technicians who sign up add their availability to the diary which is then searched for available locums when a pharmacy posts a vacancy.
A STOCKTON locum pharmacist recruitment service is proving to be the perfect match for businesses across the UK.
ECHO Locum Tenens was founded in 2011 to provide temporary physician staffing for hospitals, clinics and medical facilities nationwide.
However, we know locums invariably cost the NHS a lot more than full-time posts, which means money that could otherwise be invested more appropriately in patient care is going to temporary doctors and locum agencies.
Data obtained by the Labour Party showed that spending on locums was PS83.
And University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust spent PS803,400 on locums last year, up from PS416,839 in 2009-10.
THE NHS in Wales has been criticised for its reliance on locum and agency staff which cost more than PS150m over the past three years.