hospitals spent £137m on agency staff during the last financial year due to a
shortfall in qualified doctors.
published by the Independent show that spending on stand-in doctors has
rocketed in the last few years, rising from £86m in 1997-98 to £137m in
newspaper said that private agencies proving locum doctors to cover skills
shortages in the NHS have made an estimated £40m.
figures also reveal that 16 NHS trusts spend more than £1m on agency doctors,
with the biggest spenders including Barts and the London Trust (£1.96m) and
Frimley Park Trust (£1.6m).