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Crackdown on 'rip-off' NHS staffing agencies

The Government has launched a crackdown on staffing agencies that are "ripping off the NHS".

The NHS spent nearly £3.3 billion last year on agency staff bills, with agency doctors currently paid up to £3,500 per shift.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said action was needed to tackle the spiralling cost as he accused agencies of "quite simply ripping off the NHS" with the "outrageous" sums.

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Employment agencies being made 'scapegoats' over NHS

'Poor workforce planning' is to blame for rising staff costs in the NHS not the tactics of employment agencies, according to an recruitment expert.

Tom Hadley, director of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which advises the government on the labour market, told ITV News that the government had sets its aim on the wrong target over the issue.

"The real reason why costs have escalated is because there's a huge demand for staff in the NHS, so the real challenge is how do we bring more people into the NHS," he said.

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