The cap on payments to agency works in the NHS is not going to make matters any easier for patients, considering that most recruitment agencies report difficulties in filling current available posts. What the Government really needs to do is to take a long look at why it cannot recruit and retain permanent staff - and therefore avoid the need for locums and agency workers in the first place! This current move, scheduled to take place in April this year may well make sourcing safe levels of staff even more difficult. The long and short of it is that highly qualified people do not want to work long hours on short notice for what they consider to be low salaries - hence why they prefer agency work where the level of remuneration is better and can fit in around their work life requirements!
Three quarters (73 per cent) of healthcare recruiters say restrictions on NHS spending on agency staff have made it more difficult to find doctors and nurses willing to fill temporary vacancies, according to data released today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).