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The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has asked eligible locum pharmacists in Wales to submit their claims for NHS Covid-19 bonus payment of £500, before the June 11 deadline expires.

The association has now received an update on how locums in Wales should make a claim, and has suggested the PDA members to act as soon as possible as the timescale for applications is very short.

The legislation to enable payments to be made states that eligible locums must submit a completed NHS Covid-19 Bonus Payment Locum Worker application form to the primary care provider who they wish to make the application on their behalf no later than June 11, the PDA said in an update to the locums on Wednesday (June 2).

The latest update from the PDA follows inquiries from many locums who have been working in Wales throughout the pandemic about how they should claim this one-off payment.

Earlier, the Welsh government said that it was funding a bonus payment for NHS and social care staff to recognise their extraordinary contribution during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The then health minister, Vaughan Gething, said that the one-off payment was equivalent to £735 per person, to cover the basic rate of tax and national insurance contributions incurred. After deductions most people will receive £500.

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