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‘Shocking’ £110m NHS bill for hiring agency doctors

By Catriona Webster

Published: 18/03/2011

Health boards have paid out more than £110million in the past four years to plug shortages of medical staff in Scotland’s hospital wards.

Spending on locum doctors soared from just under £19.6million in the year 2006-07 to almost £36.9million in 2009-10, new figures have revealed.

Agency doctors can cost the NHS up to £104 an hour compared with £11 for internal staff, depending on grade and time of shift.

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