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More will be done to protect the NHS in England from “despicable” acts of fraud which is currently estimated to total £1.25bn | Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year | Lifting the NHS pay cap would cost less than £1bn by 2019-20 and could generate an additional £250m for the economy.


Research from Liaison has shown that locum pay jumped by a record 6.3% over the summer | NHS Lothian is spending nine times more on providing locum doctors to GP practices compared to two years ago | An NHS hospital has dropped out of an “Airbnb” scheme to rent spare rooms in people’s houses to patients who are not yet well enough to go home.


Unions representing locum doctors have threatened to seek a judicial review against NHSI claiming the NHS is continuing to wrongly apply new tax rules | A “landmark legal case” is set to be launched which could dramatically reduce the business rates paid by NHS trusts | The number of staff quitting the NHS in Scotland soared at the height of uncertainty over the future of the EU.


GPs in training will receive a “golden hello” of £20,000 if they start their careers in the countryside or on the coast | Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is facing special measures over a £7m deficit | NHS Tayside bosses have vowed patient care will not suffer despite having to find more than £200m worth of savings over the next five years.


A shortage of trained staff meant the Great Western Hospitals Trust had to spend nearly £15m on temporary workers last year, an increase of 38% over 2015/16 | Plans to give health workers first refusal on affordable housing built on surplus NHS land have been welcomed by sector representatives | NHS Grampian accounts for 75% of all locum spend in the north of Scotland, the health board has said.