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Trusts are failing to check on locums

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1097
  1. Douglas Carnall
  1. BMJ

    On any one day 3500 locums are at work in NHS trusts at an annual cost of £214m ($342m), according to the latest Audit Commission report. The commission suggests that this bill could be reduced by as much as 10%mainly by minimising the fees paid to agencies, but its main concern is the quality of care provided by locums. …

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