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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust

Orthopaedics hospital overspends on agency staff

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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust’s spend on agency staffing for month three was over plan on agency staffing and medical locums.

Recruitment is taking place to a number of vacancies within operating theatres but it is expected that current levels of agency spend will continue until these new staff are appointed.

Board papers for the trust’s July meeting were released to Nursing Times under the Freedom of Information Act. They said: “Sickness levels have contributed to a further overspend against pay budgets in June, with increases in bank expenditure, particularly on the wards.

“This combines with the ongoing pressures from junior doctor locums and agency theatre staffing, which remain well above their expenditure plan. Recruitment to posts within theatres is expected to have a significant impact on theatre agency staffing by the end of quarter two [30 September].”

The board papers add: “Some savings will begin to filter through in the early part of quarter two, with the impact of new band 6 posts making a more material impact by the end of the quarter.”

Staff sickness was identified as a continuing concern, standing at 4.7% in June, one percentage point ahead of targeted levels.

“Sickness levels have contributed to a further overspend against pay budgets in June”, the papers said.

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