The locum cap is working but we still have a long way to goBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5737 (Published 26 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5737
- Kathy Mclean, executive medical director
- NHS Improvement
Before NHS Improvement introduced controls aimed at reducing expenditure on agency staff in the NHS, trusts’ spending on such staff had been spiralling out of control, growing 25% on average year on year.
A year after the caps were introduced, we have made a difference and are starting to reap the benefits. Trusts up and down the country have worked hard to save a total of just over £600m to date. It’s a solid start, and we expect agency costs to continue to fall.
However, despite all this hard work the sector is still spending £250m a month on agencies. We believe that this is …