Update on NHS spending cap
We have previously highlighted the Government’s imposition of spending caps in NHS Trusts and particularly in relation to agency workers fees, here is a brief update.
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Those provisions are now in place and initial indications seem to show that 53% of Trusts surveyed are concerned that they will not be able to meet caps on their agency staff spending. The overall concern is that caps affect the Trust’s ability to recruit staff they need in order to provide safe levels of care.
A recent REC survey showed that 63% of healthcare recruitment agencies thought locum doctors and agency nurses are looking for jobs in the private sector instead – leaving the NHS with a greater staffing problem and skills shortage than they currently have.
Recruitment agencies are reporting that many candidates are not willing to work under the capped rates. The caps have been in place for approximately 6 months, and we will review the impact both on recruitment agencies and the Trusts again in October.