NHS pay­ing over the odds for agency staff

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.


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