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Spotlight on NHS agency staff

With the population growing and deficits getting bigger at many hospitals up and down the country, all have been told to keep an eye on costs.

Guidance released last year asked hospitals to watch their staffing levels and extend the life of machinery and equipment

But one of the biggest targets in the cost saving exercise has been agency staff.

The spiralling cost of employing agency staff, which is set to cost the NHS £4bn this year, is one of the biggest reasons for the £2.2bn overspend.