Scottish health boards spent £25m on agency nurses last year — up from about £4m in 2010-11 | The Department of Health has reported an underspend of £563m for 2016/17 but remains “some way from achieving financial sustainability”, auditors have said | NHS England is increasing the target for its overseas recruitment programme from 500 to around 2,000. It is understood that this includes both GPs from the EU and other overseas countries.
Nine in ten locums are now hired to cover unfilled permanent posts, according to figures from Liaison that suggest the NHS is struggling to attract doctors without paying a premium | Some NHS hospital trusts have more than 1,000 staff vacancies while others have left crucial roles unfilled for up to two years, an ITV News investigation has revealed | Trusts who have more managers tend to have better patient care and outcomes, new research released this week has found.
Caps on the hourly rates of pay for agency nurses have brought down costs for NHS trusts, but many employers are still failing to recruit workers onto their bank or into permanent roles | Several community and mental health trusts have received significant extra investment funding that was originally intended for the acute sector | An investigation has exposed a £1bn bill for NHS Scotland – due to a repair backlog which has left hospital buildings as a major risk to health.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway chiefs paid £18,000 for a specialist to work as a locum for one week. The payment by the board is one of the highest single payments made as Scotland tackles a dire shortage of consultants | The government is pressing ahead with the sale of NHS Professionals (NHSP), with a deal expected to be announced by the autumn | The entire NHS estate will soon be able to access free internet as part of NHS Digital’s Wifi Programme. It aims to get all GP practices set up by the end of 2017, with hospitals and secondary care to follow in 2018.
NHS providers have succeeded in cutting their deficit by two-thirds over the financial year just ended, however the service missed its target by more than £200m, official figures have shown | GPs in a number of areas with severe staffing problems are to be offered £2,000 cash bonuses to sign up to work out of hours | NHS England has instructed hospital trusts not to pay GPs more than £80 per hour to staff its £100m GP-in-A&E scheme.