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NHS: Manpower

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to record the number of bank and agency staff employed by the NHS and publish data on an annual basis. (158537)

The Information Centre collects and publishes census data annually. The number of bank staff employed in the national health service is drawn from this data using the Non-Medical Workforce Census.

The Department does not record the number of agency staff the NHS employs, but does record how much it spends. This data is collected annually via the trusts financial returns. The National Audit Office report “Improving the use of temporary nursing staff in NHS acute and foundation trusts” published in June 2006 acknowledged that year-on-year the NHS is getting better value for money and improving quality.