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Stop the Lowering of Locum Optometrists Rates

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It is disappointing to see companies offering lower daily rates and introducing caps at a time where living costs are increasing and when there is increased pressure on sales, increased responsibilities and risk of litigation.

As locums are self employed it is down to individual locums to set own daily rates. To ensure longevity and prosperity of this chosen career path. We should aim for a minimum of £300 on weekdays (inc Sunday) and £350 for Saturday.

This is not unreasonable as charging people a fee for eye examinations or even a single dispense of spectacles would easily cover this. It is unfair to subsidise free sight tests and spectacle offers by lowering locum rates.

There is no lobby or union that will do this it is incumbent on every locum to do there bit. The attitude that someone else will sort it out needs to end. A boycott maybe needed for companies that don't respond to our reasonable and fair request (goto www.thelocumunion.com for further details)

Our future is in our own hands, we only have to look at our pharmacy peers to see what will happen if we don't act NOW!

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