Watchdog warning over use of temporary nurses

Public sector watchdogs are warning health chiefs to monitor their use of temporary nurses.
Scotland Today, April 28, 2007
In its latest report, Audit Scotland highlights the growing use of bank nursing staff by NHS bosses as a way of coping with staff shortages. The practice increased by 75% over a four year period. The report warns the situation must be watched closely, to ensure that the quality of care is maintained. Barbara Hurst from Audit Scotland said: "For patients it clearly matters that there are enough nurses on the wards to look after them and they have the right skills and they're not having to train people who are new to the area. Patients can be reassured by a lot of what's going on in the health service at the moment  but there are some key areas for health service managers to pursue."