Spiralling costs for nursing
THE spiralling costs of employing agency and bank nurses in Tayside and Fife has been laid bare in newly released figures.
Tayside has had a 155% rise – the highest in Scotland – according to statistics for 2012/13 to 2017/18 obtained by the Scottish Conservatives. In Fife the rise was 56%. The cost rose from £4,011,804 to £10,221,049 for NHS Tayside, and from £5,871,837 to £9,139,735 for NHS Fife.
Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, described the figures as “alarming” and claimed they show “all is not well”.
However, a spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said it has a “pro-active” approach to reducing reliance on using agency and bank nurses. “The use of temporary staffing is the final option,” she said.
Helen Wright, director of nursing with NHS Fife, said: “NHS Fife is actively recruiting to fill all vacancies.”