Agency spending increased at East Cheshire Trust

Published in HSJ Local

FINANCE:

East Cheshire Trust spent £4.3m on agency staff in the first eight months of this financial year – and if it continues this trend will have spent considerably more this year than last.  The trust has already made the decision to invest in increased staffing on wards to provider better patient care and improve quality and continuity of care, the board heard.

Its increased spending is against of other North West trusts managing to reduce their agency spend. More than half East Cheshire’s temporary staff are nurses and spend on agency staff is considerably larger than spend on bank staff.