Doctors 'handed up to £3,000 a shift' to plug rota gaps

Hard pressed Accident and Emergency departments are paying locum doctors over £1,000 a shift, while consultants are being handed more than £3,000 and nurses as much as £1,600, according the Telegraph.

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Doctors 'handed up to £3,000 a shift' to plug rota gaps

Hard pressed Accident and Emergency departments are paying locum doctors over £1,000 a shift, while consultants are being handed more than £3,000 and nurses as much as £1,600, according the Telegraph.

Doctors 'paid £3,000 a shift'. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The newspaper said its investigation found that NHS hospitals are paying doctors as much as £3,000 a shift to fill “endemic” A&E staff shortages

According to official figures, locum doctors were paid over £1,000 to plug holes in A&E department rotas on at least 2,300 occasions last year.

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