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Cost of agency nurses soars for NHS

Spending on agency nurses in the South West has soared from about £12m to more than £59m in the last four years, it has emerged.

The Royal College of Nursing, which made Freedom of Information requests to 27 NHS trusts, said the NHS was being "crippled" by a shortage of nurses.

The biggest rise was at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, which spent £6.1m in 2014, up from £390,000 in 2010.

The hospital trust said it only used agency nurses "when necessary".

  • 27 Apr 2015