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Hospitals should cap what staff agencies can charge, after some demand £1760 a day

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h632 (Published 03 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h632
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

NHS consultants are choosing to work as locums in understaffed emergency departments for up to £1760 (€2340; $2650) a day, a parliamentary inquiry has found.1

In its inquiry into the financial sustainability of NHS bodies the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts heard that consultants were profiting “at a substantial cost to the NHS.” The committee has urged the government to crack down on the problem.

The MPs heard that the NHS overall spent £2.6bn on temporary staff in 2013-14, up from £2.1bn in 2012-13, and concluded that the Department of Health for England was not making the most of cost saving opportunities. One example cited was Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust …

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