SHOCK MOVE AS NHS SPENDS £30m HIRING AGENCY STAFF

Nurses told to work for free to save their jobs

By Ryan Crighton and Catriona Webster

Published: 06/10/2010

Nurses are being asked to work extra shifts for free to save their jobs – as health boards across Scotland spend up to £30million hiring agency staff.

Almost 4,000 NHS jobs, including more than 1,500 nursing and midwifery posts, will be axed this year due to cutbacks, according to Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

But last night it emerged that the country’s 14 health boards have set aside a combined £30million for temporary nurses and theatre staff over the next four years.

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