Accident and Emergency Units

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th June 2014.

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Photo of Liz Kendall Liz Kendall Shadow Minister (Health) (Care and Older People) 11:30 am, 10th June 2014

The College of Emergency Medicine says that the use of agency doctors has become endemic in the NHS, and that hospitals are increasingly relying on more expensive agency nurses, just as Labour warned when jobs and training places were cut. It is clear that NHS finances are going backwards under this Government. Will the Minister now confirm Monitor’s latest figures, which show that annual spending on agency staff in foundation trusts has soared to £1.4 billion, a staggering 150% higher than trusts planned at the beginning of the year, and will he explain how that makes any financial sense?