EMPLOYING huge numbers of agency staff in the NHS is not sustainable, the health secretary has admitted.
Jeremy Hunt’s comments to BBC Radio 5 Live come amid the news that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community services in Hampshire, spent £14.5m last year on agency staff – double the amount from two years previously.
Mr Hunt said: ‘We are going to employ more staff.
‘As a short-term measure they employed a lot of agency staff to get staff in quickly. But that’s not sustainable in the long-run and that’s why we have to tackle these deficits.’