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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4798

New rules will cut NHS spending on agency staff: The NHS Trust Development Authority and Monitor have published new rules to cut spending on agency staff, which is currently around £3.3bn (€5.5bn; $5.1bn) a year. The rules, developed after discussion with nurse directors and finance directors, provide mandatory frameworks for procuring agency staff, limit the amount that individual staff can be paid for each shift, and set a yearly ceiling for spending on agency staff at each trust.

Inquiry will investigate London HIV clinic disclosing patient details: The UK health secretary has asked the Care Quality Commission to review how the NHS manages confidential medical information, after the 56 Dean Street clinic in London sent out an email newsletter including the names and email addresses of nearly 800 patients rather than hiding the personal details of the recipient list. The clinic, run by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, is investigating how the breach of patient confidentiality occurred.

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