Doctors' Dilemmas: How this GP struggled with his locum’s drug issues

While covering the evening shift, your colleague helps himself to S8 medications which leave him hallucinating. What do you do?

The dilemma: My dilemma occurred in the early 1970s. I had not long finished my hospital training and I found myself as the only GP in a small country town on a major interstate highway, miles from anywhere.

If there had been four full-time GPs in the town, things would have been great. But after the principals left, there was only me.

I kept the practice going by hiring two locums at a time — whenever I could get them. 

Sadly, most of