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£350m bill for hiring agency health workers ‘unacceptable’

Trade union criticises Trusts’ expenditure and claims it is due to ‘failed workplace planning’

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Information provided by Trusts details upwards of £181m spent on nursing and midwifery, and £44m was spent on administrative and clerical staff from agencies

Information provided by Trusts details upwards of £181m spent on nursing and midwifery, and £44m was spent on administrative and clerical staff from agencies

Information provided by Trusts details upwards of £181m spent on nursing and midwifery, and £44m was spent on administrative and clerical staff from agencies

More than a third of a billion pounds that has been spent on agency and locum health workers in Northern Ireland during the pandemic is “completely unacceptable” and due to a failure in workplace planning, trade unions have said.

The comments came after figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph via Freedom of Information (FOI) requests show that throughout the Covid-19 crisis, health trusts here spent over £353m on agency staff.


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