Recruiting and the over reliance on agency staff.

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Conference
2016 Health Care Service Group Conference
Date
18 December 2015
Decision
Carried

Staff shortages in the NHS and cuts to public sector budgets have caused an over reliance on Agency Staff to fill the skills gap in the NHS.

Most of these staff are former NHS workers who were made redundant in the last few years.

The cost of Agency Staff is much higher than employing a member of staff either on a Fixed Term contract or a permanent contract.

When the NHS is in a continuous period of austerity the cost of staffing from Agencies is prohibitive.

Conference calls on the SGE to support branches and regions to work with employers to look at alternative ways to fill the skills and capacity gaps in their organisations wherever possible.