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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01763: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much the NHS has spent on agency nurses in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 August 2016

The use of nursing agency staff in Scotland is very low and represents 0.4 per cent of the total Nursing and Midwifery workforce in 2015-16, representing 276.7 whole time equivalent (WTE) out of a total capacity of 66,143.9 WTE nursing establishment. 99.6% of all care is delivered by staff on NHS contracts. The collection of agency costs began for year ending 31 March 2001. Information prior to this is not available.

Year ending

Cost (£)

2001

19,028,372

2002

24,527,939

2003

28,138,989

2004

29,709,181

2005

26,408,948

2006

26,472,237

2007

18,396,365

2008

12,149,686

2009

10,385,825

2010

8,182,083

2011

4,353,286

2012

3,939,107

2013

6,390,142

2014

9,325,810

2015

16,001,526

2016

23,483,306