Crippling cost of temp staff at Princess Alexandra

Politics / Fri 24th Jan 2014 at 12:05pm

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital spends half a million on costly locums because of Cameron’s A&E crisis

Understaffed A&E departments in the East of England spent £9.6million on costly locum doctors last year (2012/13) because they cannot permanently fill medical posts. This is an increase of 53% on the 2009/10, the last year Labour was in office.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow spent half a million pounds last year, up 35% on 2009/10.

Locum doctors are temporary staff who fill in when there is a shortage. In some cases they are paid as much as five times the salary of a normal doctor.

Suzy Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow said:

“The A&E at Princess Alexandra is under pressure this year because of David Cameron’s botched reorganisation. This was fully supported by Robert Halfon despite a pre-election promise that there would be no more top-down reorganisations of the NHS

“There is a recruitment crisis going on which means A&Es have to spend money on expensive temporary doctors instead of permanently recruiting the doctors they need to operate safely. When you couple this with the increasing numbers of people going to A&E because of the debacle of the Government’s NHS 111 service it’s no wonder emergency departments are in turmoil.”

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