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Ireland – Agency nurse numbers continued to rise in 2012

18 June 2013

Figures released by the Irish Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show spending on agency nurses across the Republic of Ireland continued to rise throughout 2012, according to a report by the Irish Times.

One agency, Nurse on Call, with a supplier monopoly across four regions saw its revenues nearly double from €22.7 million to €43.1 million. Another agency, CPL, generated revenue of €43.8 million in 2012, an increase of +48% compared with 2011.

The HSE figures report that agency spending on clinical and non-clinical staff, in addition to other services, fell by -7% last year, from €176.5 million to €164.7 million. This reflected a -30% reduction in the costs for agency doctors. During the same period spending on agency nurses increased by +17%.

Two other firms saw a sharp drop in revenue from the HSE last year: Locum Express dropped by -46.5% and TTM Healthcare by -45%. The five agencies used most often by HSE for nursing staff reflected a +17% increase in revenue, from €105 million in 2011 to €123 million in 2012.   

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