To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much each Scottish health board spent on agency workers in the most recent available year; and what percentage this was of their overall nursing costs.
Relevant information in health boards' annual accounts is recorded under the category of "non-payroll" nursing costs. While this relates principally to the cost of engaging agency nursing staff, some other expenditure (such as payments for nursing staff in non National Health Service hospitals which have contractual arrangements with health boards) is also included. The figures for 1986–87 are given in the table.
|Health board||Non-payroll nursing costs £ thousand||Per cent.1|
|Argyll and Clyde||2||0·01|
|Ayrshire and Arran||—||—|
|Dumfries and Galloway||—||—|
|1 As proportion of total expenditure on nurses' salaries and wages.|