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."