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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has backed calls to cap the fees agencies can charge the NHS for providing staff, as new figures revealed that spending on agency staff has more than doubled in Ayrshire and Arran since 2006.

Figures revealed by Scottish Labour showed that over £13 million was spent last year on agency and midwifery bank staff. Since 2006 agency spend has risen  from £6,637,000 in 2006 to £13,609,000 in 2017.

Scottish Labour has revealed that it will now use the SNP government’s forthcoming NHS safe staffing legislation to propose a cap on agency fees to stop private agencies profiting from the health service. 

The SNP government is developing a ‘safe staffing’ Bill for the health service to enshrine in law the principles of safe staffing in the NHS, starting with nursing and midwifery workforce planning. 

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, “The soaring costs of agency spending for nursing and midwifery jobs in the past ten years shows the absolute mess the SNP government has made of workforce planning in the NHS.” 

“There are now shortages of staff in almost every area and as a result NHS Ayrshire has to spend over £13 million a year on agency staff- more than doubling since 10 years ago. The private agencies who provide the staff will be taking their cut and profiteering form the workforce crisis in our NHS. This is money which should be going to pay NHS staff that work all year round to provide health care for us.“

“That is why I am supporting moves to cap the amount of money a private agency can charge to provide staff, so the money put into our NHS is not used to support the profits of agencies but on providing the world class healthcare."

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SOUTH SCOTLAND MSP BACKS MOVE TO CAP NHS AGENCY FEES AS AGENCY SPENDING SOARS FOR NHS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

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South Scotland MSP, Colin Smyth will today (19 April) meet with the Chief Executive of Youngs Seafood, Bill Showalter at Pinneys in Annan and call on him to halt plans to close the site, following reports that Youngs Seafood itself are to be put up up for sale. 

Commenting on the reports Colin Smyth said, "Reports that Youngs Seafood are to be put up for sale will add to the anxiety of the nearly 700 people who face losing their jobs if Pinneys closes. The company should call an immediate halt to any plans to close Pinneys as they have no idea what any potential new owners of Youngs May wish to do with the site. It may well be that they will want to retain Pinneys and the workforce and Youngs should not be making any decisions until that is clear . To do so would simply show further contempt by Youngs of a workforce and community that have been treated appallingly by the company". 

MSP CALLS FOR HALT TO PINNEYS CLOSURE FOLLOWING YOUNGS SEAFOOD SALE PLAN

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