|Financing the promised £8bn by 2020|
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a clampdown as part of tough new financial controls to cut down on waste in the NHS. Tackling staffing agencies is part of a package of measures that will help to cut costs while improving frontline care. This action will help the NHS bring down spiralling agency staff bills, which cost the NHS £3.3bn last year. This was more than the cost of all that year’s 22m A&E admissions combined. Other controls include limiting the use of expensive management consultants. The NHS is paying agencies up to £3,500 per shift for doctors and the total bill for management consultants was more than £600m last year.
New rules will: