18-Aug-2017
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NHS to recruit an army of British nurses instead of paying expensive agency staff

LONDON Aug 7: The NHS will recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff under plans being considered by ministers.
 
Officials in the Department of Health are drawing up a new workforce plan to create thousands of posts for home-grown nurses amid concerns that fewer medical professionals will come to the UK after Brexit.
 
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, wants to slash the £3billion bill for agency staff on the NHS amid concerns that some hospitals are paying locum nurses £2,000 for a single shift.
 
The Government also is keen to ensure that there is enough capability in the NHS to absorb and efficiently spend extra billions that the Conservatives are committed to spend on hospitals over the next five years.