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Reliance on nursing temps could jeopardise patient safety in Northern Ireland: report

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As much as £1,700 has been paid to cover a single shift.

As much as £1,700 has been paid to cover a single shift.

As much as £1,700 has been paid to cover a single shift.

Patient safety could be compromised by a reliance on temporary staff to plug gaps in Northern Ireland's nursing and midwifery sector, a report has warned.

More than one in 10 registered nursing posts here were vacant by the end of last year, with £115m spent annually to cover shortages.

In some cases, up to £1,700 was paid to cover a single shift.


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