NHS agency staff spending 'soars'

  peter99co 23:16 30 Dec 2009

Data showed that one hospital, the Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn, Norfolk, paid a senior doctor £375 an hour. Although managers at the hospital pointed out they were still trying to recruit permanently to the post.

Several other trusts also admitted to paying nurses in excess of £100 on occasions.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: "This is a hugely wasteful way to run the NHS."
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Happy New Year to some then. Or am I out of touch with real world salaries?

  STREETWORK 08:54 31 Dec 2009

Problem is that they do not pay nursing staff enough to retain them, so they leave and work agency shifts for more money covering the same job.

Nurses have the oppertunity to work extra shifts but the NHS only pay them thier normal (or lower grade) pay. This also leads to them working part time for agencies. The fact is that without the agencies the NHS would buckle and fail...

Add to this that the NHS finds it far easier to call up an agency for more staff than ring around their existing staff to cover shortages.

The NHS would save us all a shed load of money if they paid permanent staff more to do extra shifts...

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