NHS paying over the odds for agency staff
BUCKS NHS trust paid one of its agency workers £1,600 for one shift.
The Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust forked out £1,603 to a staffing agency for one person to do one 12 hour shift earlier this year.
This works out £133.58 an hour.
The NHS spends hundreds of millions of pounds a year on temporary staff and is increasingly being forced to find cover at the last minute as government
as cuts stretch resources.
Although this figure for Buckinghamshire seems high, a request made under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that hourly rates for agency staff can go up to as much as £540.
This was paid out by the North Bristol NHS Trust in 2011 to an agency for a temporary worker to cover a 10.25 hour shift, meaning their total bill for one day’s work from one person was £5,554.