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Many medical practitioners in private practice use a locum tenens when they themselves are not available to practice. The locums are often appointed without consideration of the legal consequences or requirements. Legislation distinguishes between an employee and an independent contractor. If the locum is appointed as an employee the doctrine of vicarious liability comes into play which is not the case with an independent contractor. Contracts currently available to appoint a locum give thedoi:10.17159/1727-3781/2013/v16i4a2385 fatcat:gd3dccfotbhgdh4tzjj2d4bdiy