NHS saves £600m in crackdown on agency fees

NHS saves £600m in crackdown on agency fees

The NHS has slashed more than £600m from the billions it pays every year for temporary doctors and nurses by cracking down on fees paid to “rip-off” staffing agencies, new figures reveal.
Gaps in hospital rotas sent the bill for temporary staff soaring from £2.2bn in 2009-10 to £3.6bn last year. But hospitals have halted the relentless increase in recent years of the rates for stand-in personnel needed to ease chronic understaffing and ensure patient safety on wards.
Data compiled by NHS Improvement, which regulates the health service in England, shows that hospitals spent £613m less since... read more

16 October 2016 in Health, Views: 58
Source: Guardian

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