Are agency staff to blame for hospital deficits?

Posted on 4 December 2015

Andrew Street writes for The Conversation

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In May 2015, the chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, claimed that the entire NHS deficit of £822m in 2014-15 could be accounted for by the “run-up in temporary staffing costs”. Six months into the new financial year, hospitals had overspent by £1.6 billion, the largest NHS deficit ever recorded. Read more