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NHS budgets 'strained' by temporary nurses in London

Hospitals are having to pay rising agency costs because they are being forced to hire temporary nurses, BBC London has found.

Many NHS trusts in the capital are paying more than £1m a month each, to cover the need because there are not enough trained nurses to fill the positions.

The Department of Health said this was a temporary measure.

BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer spoke to trainee nurses Christopher Anderson and Caroline Jayarajah; Dr Martin Steggall from City University London, Bernell Bussue, from the Royal College of Nursing, nurses Rita Jackson and Sergio Nuno Castro Marques and Matthew Hopkins, the chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust.

  • 08 Oct 2014
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