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NHS overspends on agencies

7th June 2007

MPs say the NHS is still spending too much money on agency staff.

Figures show that the use of stand-in nurses to cover absences was more than £1billion in 2005, which the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee say was 9% of the total nursing budget.

Its chairman Edward Leigh said reliance on agency staff could compromise patient safety, though this claim has angered the Nurses Agencies Association which represents temporary NHS workers and said that temporary staff have the right skills and are good value.

 

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