We’ve received yet another email from a frustrated member:
I have just had my supperannuation cheque returned from [X] PCT as it is just over the 10 weeks, even though as pointed out to them i only got the paper work and cheque from the practice 1 week ago and the forms were dated so.
We wrote to the BMA 2 weeks ago (no reply yet) with this list of PCTs (as a result of our member survey) where locums have experienced problems submitting their payments where these PCTs have cited either the 10 week rule (locum form A) – or the 7 day rule (locum form B):
- Berkshire West
- West Sussex
- East Sussex
- Bury (Lancashire)
- Nottingham County
- Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire
- Sutton & Merton
We don’t necessarily blame the PCTs – they’re arguably just ‘doing their job’ and we’d never expect them to look at this issue particularly creatively.
Either, legislation needs to be changed in order to give realistic periods of time for locums to be paid by practices. Or, PCTs must allow locums to pay their (average) contributions by direct debit and have just one annual deadline to submit paperwork (a system that works so smoothly in other sectors such as medical protection and Inland Revenue etc).