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NHS: Employment Agencies

Health written question – answered on 19th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the practice of NHS staff working as agency staff in the same hospital in which they are employed by the NHS.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

There are no national policies, which prevent staff from legitimately working for both the national health service and a private agency at the same NHS trust.

It is for local NHS organisations to plan and deliver a workforce appropriate to the needs of their local population, based on clinical need and sound evidence.

The appropriate use of agency staff and effective management of agency costs is a high priority in the NHS, and the Department and NHS Employers will shortly be issuing joint guidance to NHS organisations on the best practice use of flexible staff.

We will be looking into this matter carefully.

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