There is one mention of NHS Scotland in the above but, of course, no comparison.
From BBC Health today:
Spending in this area rose by 20% last year to hit £3bn in England.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-63588959
From STV in August 2022:
Expenditure on locum agency nursing staff amounted to £92,295,816 in 2021-22.https://news.stv.tv/scotland/nhs-scotlands-eye-watering-bill-for-agency-nurses-topped-92m-last-year#:~:text=NHS%20Scotland%20has%20spent%20more,%C2%A347%2C627%2C338%20the%20previous%20year.
Regulars know where I’m going. England has 10 times the population so, all things being equal, should have been spending around £920 million. NHS England spent £3 billion, more than three times as much pro rata.
As for the agency charging £2 500 a shift:
While the majority of health boards did not say the highest amount they had paid for someone to do a single shift, NHS Ayrshire and Arran revealed it had spent £1,710.98 on one nursing shift, while NHS Lothian has paid up to £1,903.09 per shift.