Trust spends £4m on temporary staff in a year to keep Queen’s Hospital A&E running

10:38 16 January 2014

The patient was given a head scan instead of an abdominal scan

The patient was given a head scan instead of an abdominal scan


Almost £4million was spent on temporary staff to keep Queen’s Hospital’s A&E running in just a year.

A freedom of information request by the Labour Party revealed that Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) forked out £3.8m in 2012/13.

Locum staff cost far more than those directly employed, especially in emergency care where senior consultants demand a premium.

The staggering figure could be even higher this financial year because of the worsening situation with the chronic shortage of permanent staff.

It was a major factor in the decision to put the trust, which also runs King George Hospital in Goodmayes, into special measures following a damning CQC report last month.

Inspectors found that doctors and nurses were avoiding the trust because of its “reputation”.

Last year, BHRUT resorted to recruiting abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, India and the UAE to staff A&E.

The trust’s medical director, Stephen Burgess, said the huge spend on locums was necessary to keep staffing at safe levels.

He added: “We are working tirelessly to recruit and retain high quality permanent staff in our emergency departments.

“Using locum staff costs considerably more, and we also know that having permanent staff in place leads to better continuity of care and therefore an improved patient experience.”


Latest Romford News Stories

46 minutes ago
Pumpkin farmer Ray Chapman

A farmer and a garden centre are making the most of the growing demand for pumpkins at this time of year.

Dead koi at a farm in Collier Row. Picture Crown copyright.

An outbreak of fish herpes has been confirmed in Collier Row.

A man was assaulted in Millbrook Gardens, Romford. Photo: Google Maps

A 59-year-old maintenance engineer has been left traumatised after being randomly beaten up in his van by two men.

Rosewood Medical Centre, Astra Close, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Maps.

Thousands of patients registered with a doctor’s practice will be automatically transferred to a different surgery following the retirement of a GP.


A proposal to install an ice rink in market place over the Christmas period is due to be considered by a council committee tonight (Thursday).

Yesterday, 16:46

A 1940s tea party was organised to raise awareness about dementia.

Yesterday, 16:20

A former coroner for Havering has been suspended and an investigation into his conduct launched after families complained of waiting more than a year for death certificates.

Yesterday, 15:30
Residents have expressed their concerns for the pilot police scheme which would see the borough's force merge with Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Residents have expressed their concerns at a new pilot scheme which would see Havering Police merging with other forces.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now