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Morrisons to scrap enhanced pay for locums who complete MURs

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The supermarket says it will still expect locums to carry out MURs on patients who need them

Morrisons will no longer offer enhanced pay for locums who complete medicines use reviews (MURs) from September this year, C+D has learned.

In an email sent on behalf of Morrisons, and seen by C+D, the supermarket said that despite the change, it will still expect the service to be carried out on any patients “who will benefit from an MUR…in the interest of patient safety and wellbeing”. 

The change to locum rates will come into effect across all of its pharmacies in England and Wales in September 2016, Morrisons confirmed to C+D yesterday (July 26).

“We believe that MURs are a fantastic service for patients and should be treated as ‘business as usual’ in a modern pharmacy,” it said.

Morrisons did not confirm what its current locum rates are.

Results from the C+D Salary Survey 2016 revealed that locum rates have reached an eight-year low, at £20.50 per hour.

25 Comments
Question: 
Are you offered enhanced locum rates for carrying out MURs?

Anonymous Anonymous, Information Technology

Or just tell them to stick their MUR where the sun don't shine... In the interest of patient safety! Simples!

Chris Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Imagine if doctors or nurses were subject to this erosion of pay, there would be uproar, front-page headlines in the news and strike action...us pharmacists? A few strongly worded sentences on the C&D comments page...pathetic, agree with Shaun, we are our own worst enemies. We all need to join the PDA, not just join but contribute, share experiences and become united...pharmacists fighting back is long overdue

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

I totally agree.However,it never ceases to amaze me when I read posts from pharmacists on this site and others, backbiting and having a go at each other constantly, like a load of bickering children.I have read posts on various forums for GP's and the secret of their success is that they STICK TOGETHER and support each other.For goodness sake get your acts together and pull together before it all falls apart.

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

I totally agree.However,it never ceases to amaze me when I read posts from pharmacists on this site and others, backbiting and having a go at each other constantly, like a load of bickering children.I have read posts on various forums for GP's and the secret of their success is that they STICK TOGETHER and support each other.For goodness sake get your acts together and pull together before it all falls apart.

locums locumen, Community pharmacist

When I think of pharmacist, auto-immune diseases always comes to mind, we are a bunch of selfish, entitled, self-serving group, and extinction of the profession is going to be our lot.

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Well the solution is to get yourself some unique skills and diversify, and even getting a qualification outside pharmacy to cover all bases..

Powerful Locum, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Those moaning, please quit the profession so the rates will then go up

Will Chan, Locum pharmacist

Too many moaning! Get over it!

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

Yet another cut, with the usual threat of bullying i.e., if you do not perform M.U.R.'s you will be not be allocated shifts.

Time to scrap the MUR and NMS from the community pharmacy setting.

 

P M, Community pharmacist

its part of the job now get used to it .. 

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

What a thoughtful contribution you have made there. 

P M, Community pharmacist

stop moaning

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

You are on a roll, clever boy. 

P M, Community pharmacist

really and moaning about locum cuts is a contribution is it .. bring something to the table prove your worth... then ask your employer for a payrise... simples

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Im sorry to have to tell you, but you do sound awfully like a contestant on The Apprentice. If we are making frivolous comments, can I ask, do you have mock Roman pillars on your Taylor Wimpey four bedroom detached executive family dwelling? Do you read the daily mail and find that you agree with everything written?  It is just that from all your posts, it seems that you might. 

P M, Community pharmacist

funny

 

Interleukin -2, Community pharmacist

No its not ! Listen and learn wise guy! That gentleman Shaun yes Shaun just said something ......Just listen!

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

First sainsburys, then morrisons..... Next Asda.

All it means is another pay cut..... Followed busy a further one once the pharmacy cuts are announced...... The single reason this happens is because of over saturation of locums leading to desperate locums taking the low rate....... The only things I can do are refuse the shifts, refuse to advertise them, and encourage other pharmacies to refuse taking on a pre reg. Just say no to the pre reg....... There needs to be a bottle neck, this is the only way to bring one. Universites don't care, the GPHC don't care, the RPS are deaf, the multiples love it. Imagine if pre reg spots are reduced to only what the profession needed.... Who had the power to do that? And do they care enough to do it?

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Trouble is the multiples know we all have bills to pay and kids to feed so in a lot of cases we CAN'T refuse shifts. I'm not keen on being repossessed. My savings went years ago. 

Case in point - my car has 120000 miles on it and I cannot afford to replace it.

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

Stephen that's awful.

What are u able to do to fix this problem? Having so many co-dependants makes the work hard, but if things are this hard now, get outnwhile you can.

Pay in this profession is only going one way.

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

The same predicament applies to other class of workers, such as rail Workers, telecoms,shop workers etc, but they manage to get a rise, simply because they have a strong union to fight for their cause.In our case we have a useless R.P.S. who cannot even organise a "**** up in brewery" When the MUR scandal broke out, thanks to Chakrobarty, they could not even muster a statement.. now, with the threat of lower fees, with the ever increasing ruthlessness of the contractors, who demand extra services such as Flu jabs, M U R and N M S's for nil consideration, it fails to come up with any ideas to combat them.

 

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

The RPS is not a trade union, it is the child of the abomination that was the RPSGB (*). The PDA is the trade union, but the problem has always been that community pharmacists could never be bothered to get involved. Anybody who has been involved in the PDA locum group will attest to the complete lack of interest from the vast majority of community pharmacists. Furthermore, community pharmacists have never been willing to work collectively, quite the opposite, they have specialised in treating fellow pharmacists with contempt. The 'profession' deserves everything it gets, whatever the rights or wrongs of a given situation. 

*This comment has been edited in line with C+D's community principles*

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

Well said Shaun.Unfortunately it is all true, as pharmacists just have no backbone whatsoever.I am certainly not proud to belong to this profession and now regret not following a different career path when I had the chance.

P M, Community pharmacist

agreed

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Also agreed. It's hard to face up to but we are our own worst enemies.

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