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Health Boards (Agency Workers)

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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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 boardNon-payroll nursing costs £ thousandPer cent.1
Argyll and Clyde20·01
Ayrshire and Arran
Borders
Dumfries and Galloway
Fife
Forth Valley
Grampian270·05
Greater Glasgow1,0300·78
Highland280·13
Lanarkshire
Lothian1,7572·11
Orkney
Shetland210·99
Tayside1400·27
Western Isles
Total3·0050·78
1 As proportion of total expenditure on nurses' salaries and wages.