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I thought I’d deal with this before Lisa Summers or Helen McCardle slaver all over it:

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In NHS Scotland, agency nurses cost the country £26.2 million in 2018-19, up from £17.1 million in 2014-15 and bank nurses cost £161.9 million in 2018-19, up from £138.8 million in 2014-15 – a rise of 17%.


Total in 2018/19 is £188.1 million

In NHS England, as at the end of 2018, NHS trusts were forecasting spending some £5.6 billion on temporary staff in 2018/19.


So, all things being equal, the NHS England figure should be around 11 times that of Scotland or £2.07 billion but in fact it’s £5.6 billion, nearly THREE times higher!