Trust runs up £43m bill for agency nurs­ing staff

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@reach­plc.com @kate­lal­lyx

MORE than £43m has been spent on em­ploy­ing agency staff at South­port and Orm­skirk NHS Trust over the past five years.

The trust spent £43,375 on locum em­ploy­ees between 2013 and this year.

So far, in the first fi­nan­cial quar­ter of 2018/19, £2.14m has been spent on th­ese staff.

The trust says it uses agency staff for a num­ber of rea­sons, in­clud­ing cover for sick­ness and parental leave, cover for va­can­cies, and when hospi­tals are see­ing more pa­tients than would be nor­mally ex­pected.

The fi­nan­cial year 2015/16 was the most costly – with £10.7m spent on ex­ter­nal staff.

Deputy di­rec­tor of nurs­ing, Gill Mur­phy, said: “We al­ways pre­fer em­ploy­ing our own staff where pos­si­ble.

“Our next nurse re­cruit­ment event is Novem­ber 24, between 11am and 3pm, in the Clin­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, at South­port hospi­tal.

“It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to chat in­for­mally to se­nior nurses about what the trust can of­fer. In­ter­views and po­ten­tial of­fers of em­ploy­ment are avail­able on the day.”

On­line ap­pli­ca­tions are en­cour­aged, but there is no need to reg­is­ter to at­tend.

he trust has nurs­ing va­can­cies through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

To view all avail­able roles, visit jobs.south­por­tan­dorm­skirk.nhs.uk

Orm­skirk Hospi­tal has had to use locum staff to cover for a num­ber of rea­sons

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