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Re: Why Locum?
13/03/2013 Brendan L Skelly

I read with interest the account from Dr Turner about her time spent as a locum doctor. I must agree that the experience to be gained from working in the same specialty yet in differing units/hospitals can be beneficial. We can learn multiple strategies for dealing with common presenting problems, however the 'travelling doctor' can also leave themselves exposed and out of their depth when working with new teams on a regular basis.

Therefore, working within ones own competency is paramount for those who undertake locum work. It is of paramount importance that this group of doctors do not leave themselves isolated and afraid or unable to call for help. This is where mistakes and critical errors occur by way of poor communication and unfamiliarity with our colleagues.

To do locum work? Yes, but doctors must know their limitations.

B L Skelly