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Cap on locum costs saved £600m, says NHS Improvement

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5616 (Published 17 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5616
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

The NHS in England has saved over £600m (€670m; $730m) since caps on agency staff costs were introduced, says NHS Improvement.

In November 2015 a cap on the hourly rates paid for agency staff were introduced, after claims that the NHS had spent over £3bn on agency staff in 2014-15. Figures obtained by BMJ Careers earlier this year showed that in 2015 NHS acute care trusts in England spent nearly 25 times as much on locum agency fees as they …

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