Forum: Where have all the locums gone?

Stressed pharmacist in dispensary
“Just received an email from one of the locum agencies with the heading “Where have all the locums gone?” and a list of country positions offering the same rate that I can get in Sydney (or less) and asking me to probably stay in a motel and eat pub food for the duration.

Plenty of locums when we get paid enough to cover the lost day’s wages travelling 600km to work, and back, and the out of pocket expenses of eating out every night.

Locum rates are stuck at 2003 rates, despite the award increasing by 30% in that time. Distant pharmacies need to cover accommodation, meals and the time that it takes to travel, as well as the cost to do so.”

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