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Around the web – Agency nurse bill raises criticism

30 May 2013

The Scottish SNP party has come under criticism from opposition parties, following a £14 million rise in the bill for agency nurses despite figures showing that 2,000 full-time nurses lost their jobs in recent years, the Scotsman writes.

Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said: “Such a rapid increase in the use of agency nurses shows a real lack of planning by the SNP. This is undermining all the efficiency savings being made across the NHS. What is the point in slashing nursing numbers so radically if you’re left having to replace them with more expensive alternatives?”

Liberal Democrat health spokesman said the SNP government mismanaged the National Health Service. Read the whole story here

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