A&Es using locum doctors to fill senior gaps
Almost one in four A&E departments in hospitals in England fill more than 25% of their senior staff vacancies with agency doctors or locums.
The reliance on freelance staff to fill senior posts costs hospital trusts more than £120m a year.
Some trusts have far higher rates of vacancies filled by locums, with three trusts running at rates of more than 50% and the highest at 69%.
Dominic Hughes reports.
09 Dec 2014
- From the section Health