COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: If, in addition to indemnity for your main employment, you would like cover for delivering COVID-19 Vaccinations please apply for our standalone extension Apply Today

Home  »   PDA UnionCommunity PharmacyLatest NewsTrade Unions   »   Locums in Scotland advised of rights in instances of breach of contract

Locums in Scotland advised of rights in instances of breach of contract

The PDA is advising PDA locum members in Scotland about their contractual rights following complaints that a health board is cancelling booked vaccination shifts without notice.

Thu 11th March 2021 The PDA

Locum pharmacists practicing in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Heath Board area contacted the PDA this week reporting that the  board had unilaterally cancelled agreed shifts scheduled over the coming weeks. This action seems to have only been directed at pharmacists while other health professionals with similar contracts are continuing under the agreed terms.

The PDA are advising individual locum members where they stand if an employer has breached their contract and cancelled agreed work assignments without giving the specified contractual notice period.

The PDA encourage all locums to be clear on their rights and responsibilities regarding cancellation clauses in contracts they agree to, which are also binding on the employer.

Paul Day, PDA Director said: “Locum pharmacists have entered into these contracts in good faith to support the Covid Vaccination program and it is disappointing to hear from members that their shifts are being cancelled without notice.  Pharmacists will have turned down other work to support this service and may not now be able to recoup their losses.

Affected PDA members can contact the PDA service centre to log their case and receive advice based on their individual contract to provide vaccination services.

Mr Day concluded: “This development has caused Scottish pharmacists significant concern and the PDA is raising the issue directly with the Health Board and Scottish Government.  For too long the voice of the individual pharmacist in Scotland has not been heard at Government level and as the largest representative body for pharmacists, the PDAU is seeking to redress that imbalance.  

The circumstances around this issue have caused further questions to be asked by PDA members and the union will be listening to member feedback before finalising further actions. 

Related links


The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

Cookie Use

This website uses cookies to help us provide the best user experience. If you continue browsing you are giving your consent to our use of cookies.

General Guidance Resources Surveys PDA Campaigns Regulations Locums Indemnity Arrangements Pre-Regs & Students FAQs Coronavirus (COVID-19)