NHS spends almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff – report

Money could pay for 66,000 qualified registered nurses to fill shortfall, according to research by the Open University

The NHS is spending almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff to cope with shortages, research has found.

The NHS has a shortfall of 40,000 nurses in England, according to the Royal College of Nursing. A report from the Open University, Tackling the nursing shortage, argues that the £1.46bn being spent on temporary staffing to plug the gaps could pay for 66,000 qualified registered nurses.

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