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“Poisonous” NHS spending on agency staff is coming under control, claim ministers

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2652 (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2652
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

NHS trusts’ over-reliance on “poisonous” levels of spending on agency staff to maintain safe care of patients is starting to come under control, MPs have been told.

Almost £300m (€380m; $430m) has been saved on agency staffing in England in the past six months, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told MPs during an evidence session of the House of Commons Health Committee on 9 May. During the committee’s session for its inquiry into the effect of the government’s comprehensive spending review on health and social care, 1 MPs asked what savings the NHS was able to make as a contribution to the £22bn efficiency savings expected of it by the government by …

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