Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

NHSI right to step back from new ban on agency staff - REC

In a letter sent to NHS trust leaders this morning NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced it is pausing until further notice its plans to ban trusts from using agency staff who also hold substantive roles in the NHS. The new restriction was due to come into effect tomorrow, Saturday 1 April.

Commenting, Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) chief executive Kevin Green says:

“We are delighted NHSI has seen sense and stepped back from this hastily proposed ban which risked throwing the NHS into chaos.

“It’s the right thing to pause and think again having listened to the feedback from us, our members and other stakeholders like the RCN, and to the voices of all the nurses and doctors who work so hard in the NHS, no matter what their employment status.

“We are committed to working with NHSI to help develop flexible staffing models for the NHS that ensure safety and sustainability for patients and workforce alike.”

The REC held two meetings with NHS Improvement over the past month to discuss the proposed ban, including one with over 40 representatives from REC member agencies who work in the sector, and wrote to the NHSI Agency Intelligence Team calling for them to delay the introduction of this new ban.