Hospitals spend PS85m on agency staff in two years; Protest to save village school PAGE 4.
Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter
HOSPITALS across the North East have spent more than PS85m on drafting in temporary staff during the past two years. Figures today reveal all the region's hospital trusts all saw an increase in payments to agency and locum staff during the past 12 months, just as the NHS prepares to face its toughest winter for years.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust was responsible for over half the spend, racking up over PS49m on cover staff.
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has spent more than PS19m on agency and locum workers during the past two years. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for the new Cramlington emergency hospital, spent more than PS8m.
Trusts say they are now looking at ways they can reduce spending on locum and agency workers.
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Families gathered outside Darras Hall First School in a bid to keep it where it is. <B