NHS Spent £6bn On Agency and Temporary Staff to Cover Shortages in 2019
It was reported by Labour who called it a “sticking plaster” to cover “huge shortages” which left England “ill prepared” for coronavirus. In total, £3.8bn was spent on NHS England “bank” staff, who are contracted to take on temporary shifts, and £2.4bn on agency workers in 2019/20.
In chapter 15 of The Bedford Heist which covers the sorry saga of Covid-19 the author states in the paragraph on “Couldn’t Care Less About Care Homes“ it states “Another worrying titbit (or tidbit to American readers) that I heard about some of the current care workers was that they were working two different 8-hour shifts at two separate care homes. This alone could spread the virus from one care home to another. Some care workers from overseas were also living in overcrowded accommodation where several immigrant families share the same facilities. This must have added to the number of deaths in care homes.
What the government must do is to introduce a new law covering the employment of all staff in both our NHS hospitals and care homes. Anyone working in this sector must be registered with the NHS and would be paid via the various hospitals or care home but the new NHS human resources division must be copied in on who was being paid and the hours they worked. If this were done then a simple check could be made to see if there were any duplications. Currently, the NHS and care sector rely on agency staff and end up paying the agency a lot extra for the pleasure. These agencies should be put out of business as anyone wishing to work for the NHS or care home must be employed via the NHS Human Resources division. This could not be done straight away but it could be introduced to start next April. I can assure you that this would save the country millions of pounds every year and at least it would stop the double working that currently is going on.”
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