PCT denies placing adverts for temp doctors

First published in Countywide

OXFORDSHIRE’s primary care trust has denied it has anything to do with adverts offering £1,200 a day for temporary doctors.

The locum positions were advertised online by Merco, a medical recruitment company that advertises for GPs on behalf of NHS and independent care providers.

But last night NHS Oxfordshire said it was not behind the advert, and Merco declined to comment.

According to the job advertisement, which has now been taken down, the job is aimed at doctors who are “newly qualified, recently retired or simply looking for extra work”.

It offers them “ad-hoc or regular sessions” in a “variety of primary care services in and around Oxford” as well as regular sessions every week from now until the New Year.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which is commissioned by the PCT to provide out-of-hours GPs, did not comment last night.

But county councillor Peter Skolar, a former GP, said there was a shortage of doctors. Mr Skolar, now chairman of the Oxfordshire joint health overview and scrutiny committee, said: “There are simply not enough trained GPs.

“To get the staff we have to pay what we have to pay and with one-off payments to locum doctors it is always going to be more expensive.”

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9:56am Tue 4 Dec 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

But last night NHS Oxfordshire said it was not behind the advert, and Merco declined to comment.


Ahh thats nice of Merco then, if NHS Oxfordshire didn't want the doctors at this ridiculous wage then Merco must have placed the advert out of the kindness of their hearts and perhaps even offered to pay for them too. Come on NHS Oxfordshire people aren't that stupid.
But last night NHS Oxfordshire said it was not behind the advert, and Merco declined to comment. Ahh thats nice of Merco then, if NHS Oxfordshire didn't want the doctors at this ridiculous wage then Merco must have placed the advert out of the kindness of their hearts and perhaps even offered to pay for them too. Come on NHS Oxfordshire people aren't that stupid. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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1:08pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
But last night NHS Oxfordshire said it was not behind the advert, and Merco declined to comment.


Ahh thats nice of Merco then, if NHS Oxfordshire didn't want the doctors at this ridiculous wage then Merco must have placed the advert out of the kindness of their hearts and perhaps even offered to pay for them too. Come on NHS Oxfordshire people aren't that stupid.
It's not unusual for recruitment agencies to place adverts for positions that do not exist (yet).

If you may be asked to provide someone at short notice, it's usually best if you have some suitable names on your books.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: But last night NHS Oxfordshire said it was not behind the advert, and Merco declined to comment. Ahh thats nice of Merco then, if NHS Oxfordshire didn't want the doctors at this ridiculous wage then Merco must have placed the advert out of the kindness of their hearts and perhaps even offered to pay for them too. Come on NHS Oxfordshire people aren't that stupid.[/p][/quote]It's not unusual for recruitment agencies to place adverts for positions that do not exist (yet). If you may be asked to provide someone at short notice, it's usually best if you have some suitable names on your books. Andrew:Oxford
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