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The Real Cost Of Hospital Staff

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8:01am 3rd August 2014

Cornwall's biggest hospital says it is sometimes "held to ransom" over agency workers.

It is after Pirate FM told you one fill-in nurse at Treliske earned more than £1200 for one shift.

Bosses say they have recruited 150 more staff but external companies have the freedom to charge "extortionate rates."

Gail Adams from Unison blames government cuts.

She said: "Over the last four years there have been cuts in the NHS budget, and as a result of that there have been job losses, which has culminated with organisations having to use more frequently bank and agency nurses.

"Accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, operating theatres do require people with experience, and with that comes a cost, those charges that the agencies supply to the organisation tend to come at a premium."

8:01am 3rd August 2014

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