NHS still wasting £480m a year on temporary staffing from private agencies, watchdog says

31 August 2018 – Independent

New figures released by NHS Improvement, reveal that NHS hospital and ambulance trusts in England are wasting £480m a year filling temporary vacancies with staff from private agencies.

The new data shows trusts spent over £2m on the five highest paid “locum” staff doctors last year, with some agencies charging £480 an hour for one consultant.


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