GP locums accused of profiteering

Rural practices and hospitals are being crippled by the cost of locum cover, with some doctors on short-term contracts being paid $620,000 a year to work in what have been dubbed by some as “areas of greed”.

Permanent rural GPs say the $2000 a day pay rates for locum doctors are creating incentives for doctors to refuse “low-paid” permanent positions as well as making it impossible for some private practices to afford locum cover. 

Mark Griffiths, manager of medical recruitment at Morgan Consulting, said he recently placed a GP in a southern Queensland town for about

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