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NHS Waking Up At Last
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If the agencies can operate at a profit with more or less one customer then why not bring it in house? The NHS could operate an agency of their own, the agency nurses could get the same deal but the profits would go back to the NHS. Cut out the middle man by becoming the middle man.
It seems there is a bit of overcharging all round.
On the radio they are discussing a nurse who got paid £2000 for an eight hour shift. I assume they mean the agency got £2000 and the nurse got something better than a day's pay. If this is a rare and unrepeated incident then there may be some justification in using agencies rather than employ someone, but do the sums.
If the nurse is treated as self employed and called in for 200 days per year that is a mere £400,000 per year in order to avoid employing said nurse. I reckon you could employ at least 5 nurses, full time with benefits, for the same money. Or, why call use self employed nurses? You only pay them while they are there and at a sensible rate. Still cuts out the middlemen.