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Readers’ panel: should NHS trusts be 'named and shamed' for high spending on agency staff?

NHS Improvement have announced plans to name trusts with the worst record on agency spending by publishing league tables trusts in England. Nursing Standard readers have their say. 
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NHS Improvement have announced plans to name and shame trusts with the worst record on agency spending by publishing league tables trusts in England. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Beverley Ramdeen is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at University of Hertfordshire

Instead of naming and shaming trusts in this way, NHS Improvement should focus on developing a better understanding of the factors that lead to high spending on agency staff, such as recruitment problems or a lack of leadership, and tackle those instead. Consider the message this sends to patients and the impact it could have on their confidence in the standard of care being delivered. With the ongoing debate on agency staff pay, this proposal would only serve to increase prejudice against agency staff.

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