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January 23, 2014
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Princess Alexandra Hospital spends half a million on costly locums because of Cameron's A&E crisis

Princess Alexandra Hospital spends half a million on costly locums because of Cameron's A&E crisis

Understaffed A&E departments in the East of England spent £9.6million on costly locum doctors last year (2012/13) because they cannot permanently fill medical posts. This is an increase of 53% on the 2009/10, the last year Labour was in office.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow spent half a million pounds last year, up 35% on 2009/10.

Locum doctors are temporary staff who fill in when there is a shortage. In some cases they are paid as much as five times the salary of a normal doctor.

 Suzy Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow said:

The A&E at Princess Alexandra is under pressure this year because of David Cameron’s botched reorganisation. This was fully supported by Robert Halfon despite a pre-election promise that there would be no more top-down reorganisations of the NHS

There is a recruitment crisis going on which means A&Es have to spend money on expensive temporary doctors instead of permanently recruiting the doctors they need to operate safely. When you couple this with the increasing numbers of people going to A&E because of the debacle of the Government’s NHS 111 service it’s no wonder emergency departments are in turmoil.”

ENDS

 Notes to editors

 The figures for the East of England, obtained by FOI, are as follows:

 2009/10:

Total spend on locums, from those trusts who submitted responses, in A&E across the East of England: £6,293,766

Average spend: £524,481

 2010/11:

Total spend: £8,333,992

Average spend: £641,076

 2011/12:

Total spend: £9,674,948

Average spend: £744,227

 2012/13:

Total spend: £9,634,788

Average spend: £741,138

 This shows a 53.08% increase in A&E locum spend between 09/10 and 12/13 in East of England.

  

£s spent in the year:

 

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

396,737

805,283

1,140,001

1,338,810

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

252,095

127,184

207,230

579,648

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

150,773

63,955

132,984

177,511

Colchester Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

1,030,786

841,513

1,435,357

2,158,839

East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

1,178,010

1,301,756

1,603,443

862,143

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

653,392

945,438

1,063,729

1,198,356

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

282,638

166,534

221,658

291,409

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

540,744

612,255

698,094

417,908

Southend Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

572,356

997,721

715,951

729,225

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

388,000

593,000

1,000,000

525,000

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

N/A

388,470

525,381

504,704

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

213,094

214,954

253,750

223,664

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust

635,141

1,275,931

677,370

627,571

(A&E locum spending by NHS Trust)

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