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PDA concerned about new Asda locum contract

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has expressed concern over Asda’s decision to change its contract with locum pharmacists. From today (24 April 2009), any locum pharmacists who want to work for Asda will have to agree to the new terms and conditions before doing so.

Changes to the contract include payment electronically once claims are authorised rather than by cash on the day of the booking and a requirement that pharmacists contact the pharmacy 24 hours before placement to confirm their start and finish times.

“We are alarmed that the company intends to introduce new terms to the contracts it has already entered into without any negotiation and should locum pharmacists not agree to these terms all existing bookings will be terminated,” the PDA commented.

It plans to approach Asda with its concerns and believes that existing contracts should end when they would ordinarily have come to an end.

John Evans, superintendent pharmacist for Asda, told The Journal: “We have made it clear what locums can expect from Asda. We want Asda to be the number one choice for pharmacists. [The changes] are not done in any way aggressively or assertively. But if anybody has any concerns they should contact me first.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10910679

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