Scottish Tories uncover NHS Lothian paying £1500 for an agency nurse to cover a shift

The Scottish Tories submitted a freedom of information request to discover NHS Lothian have paid over £1528 for one shift in 2014/15. NHS Lothian have also recently paid £1,257 for a shift to be covered in 2015/16 and £1,333 in 2013/14.

NHS Lothian have said agency staff are required to fill “unexpected and short notice” gaps.

Scottish Conservative Lothians MSP and public health spokesman Miles Briggs said:

“People will be staggered that this amount can be paid for a single nursing shift. “There is clearly a major problem with the system if it allows payments of this magnitude.”
Sarah Ballard-Smith NHS Lothian acute services nurse director, said:

“Despite having a record number of nurses, we occasionally have to request agency staff to fill gaps that arise unexpectedly and at short notice.

“We have been working to reduce the use of agency staff over the last year and have made significant progress to date."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.