HC Deb 21 May 1973 vol 857 c29W
Mr. Rowlands

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many nurses in English National Health Service hospitals are recruited through private agencies; and what is the total amount paid out to these nurses and the agencies involved.

Mr. Alison

Three thousand, two hundred and sixty—one agency nurses—in whole-time equivalent terms—were employed in National Health Service hospitals in England at 30th September 1972 and about £6 million was paid by hospital authorities in respect of agency nurses in the year ended 31st March 1973.