GPs remain unpaid as locum agency goes into administration

Locum GPs are still waiting to receive thousands of pounds from an agency that has now gone into administration after struggling to keep up with payments.

Primary Care People - which claims to be among the UK's top medical recruitment agencies, offering more than 15,000 locum jobs - filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators on 30 June, according to a letter from its solicitors, seen by GPonline.

The locum agency fell behind on payments last month after making changes to its payment system.

GPonline understands that most of the 70 or so GPs affected have now been paid, but several have taken to social media to claim they are still owed sums running into thousands of pounds.

Primary Care People has reached out to them on Twitter requesting they speak to their recruitment consultant for advice on receiving payments.

Locum GP pay

The company had promised to pay all outstanding debts to locums by 30 June – the day it ended up going into administration – but has since apologised for failing to meet this deadline.

One locum affected by the delays – GPC sessional subcommittee member Dr Matt Mayer – said he had still not been fully reimbursed for work he had done through the agency.

As of last week, he had been paid around 75% of more than £5,600 he was owed by Primary Care People, but said at the time he was expecting the rest to be 'on the way'.

Primary Care People said it was 'intent on repaying the loyalty that GPs and nurses have shown during this period'.

Meanwhile, one of the companies owned by Primary Care People – Evolve Resource Solutions Ltd – was due to appear in the Company Court on Monday 3 July to decide whether it should be liquidated to pay off creditors.

Administration

This hearing was adjourned and rescheduled for 17 July – a decision taken because Primary Care People was already in administration before this date, the solicitor's letter reveals.

The court will decide on 17 July whether to order the compulsory liquidation of Evolve Resource Solutions Ltd, to dismiss the case or adjourn again until a later date.

In a statement published on the Primary Care People website on the day it went into administration, the company said: ‘We have worked tirelessly over the past month to get all funding requirements in place to bring all of our contractor payments up to date on 30 June.

‘We regret to announce it has not been possible to settle all our contractor payments, but we have begun to pay some of these outstanding amounts with the funds we have available.'

It added in this statement it was 'confident that these payments will be brought up to date' by early in the week beginning 3 July. However, as recently as 10 July GPs said on social media that they had yet to receive payment.

It concluded: ‘Our sincerest apologies go out to our contractors, suppliers and staff that have been affected by these delays.’

A member of Primary Care People staff told GPonline that the company could not speak about how it planned to secure its financial future while it was in administration, but suggested talks were 'close' to a conclusion.

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