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Nurses: Temporary Employment

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the National Audit Office report, Improving the use of temporary nursing staff in NHS acute and foundation trusts, how many strategic health authorities monitor the performance of NHS trusts in the use of temporary nursing staff; and what assessment his Department has made of any such monitoring.

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

The Department does not centrally mandate how strategic health authorities (SHAs) monitor the performance of national health service trusts in the use of temporary staff. Each SHA cluster has signed up for a target reduction of the cost of temporary staff in their region. Cluster work force directors are held to account for these through the NHS Operating Framework and the Department's work force leadership group.

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