Monday, 4 January 2016

NHS clampdown on staffing agencies saves millions of pounds

NHS clampdown on staffing agencies saves millions of pounds Figures released by the health regulator, NHS Improvement, show the amount hospitals spend on management consultants has fallen sharply over the last few months by £42 million. Spend has fallen from £145 million in July-September 2014 to £103 million in the same period in 2015.

The clampdown, part of a wider package of spending controls announced in June aimed at supporting hospitals to improve hospital finances, also targeted ‘rip off’ staffing agencies including limiting the amount hospitals could pay for agency staff.

Hospitals spent £3.3 billion on agency staff last year, following a move to increase staffing levels on wards in the wake of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal. The government is targeting those agencies making big profits from this, while also incentivising NHS trusts to employ permanent staff because they provide better continuity of care for patients.

NHS Improvement believes these measures will save up to £160 million by the end of the year, and remove £1 billion from the agency staffing bill by 2018. Department of Health

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