Savings made by the HSE under a new medical staff agency contract were wiped out by an increased reliance on agency staff in 2011, with the executive spending €187 million on such workers. This represented a 10 per cent increase compared to 2010, when the HSE spent €169 million on agency staff.
Figures for 2011 show that the total cost of employing locum doctors climbed to €60.7 million, up from €46.4 million in 2010. The cost of hiring...
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