From another Scottish Labour freedom of information request and offered up context-free by the Herald today:
NHS Scotland has spent more than £250 million on agency nurses over the last five years – with the bill for the last year alone having almost doubled. Expenditure on locum agency nursing staff amounted to £92,295,816 in 2021-22, compared with a total of £47,627,338 the previous year.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/20825434.nhs-scotlands-eye-watering-bill-agency-nurses-topped-92m-last-year/
A straight comparison with NHS England is not easy as their figures included all agency and bank staff, not just nurses.
However, Sandesh Gulhane MSP (Con) has helped. Using published data from NHS Scotland, he revealed, in June 2022, that the spend last year was £423.4 million. https://www.medscape.co.uk/viewarticle/nhs-scotland-agency-staff-spend-almost-double-2014-level-2022a1001i8b
All things being equal then, NHS England might have been expected to spend £4.2 billion but they spent 6.2 billion. https://liaisongroup.com/blog/hospitals-spent-6-2billion-on-agency-and-bank-staff-in-2019-20/
Nearly 50% more and so, to paraphrase Sandesh Gulhane Locum MSP, ‘a damning indictment of the Torie’s wasteful and inefficient management of our NHS‘