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Bank Nurses

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she has considered to reduce the use of bank nurses in the NHS; and if she will make a statement. (126787)

No measures have been considered to reduce the use of bank staff. Bank staff perform an important function in the national health service by providing a flexible workforce. Bank working can also provide a good work life balance for staff. A recent report by the National Audit Office shows that bank nurses provide better value for money than agency nurses.