HOSPITAL managers have been ordered to get a grip after it was revealed the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust spent more than s24million on temporary staff last year.
Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) has slammed the gross and excessive spending of the trust, which manages Solihull Hospital, Heartlands and Good Hope.
Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Sunday Telegraph on the amount of money hospital trusts spend on agency and temporary workers, Heart of England had the highest bill (out of the 83 trusts who responded) for temporary staff in 2010 - 2011.
Coun Ryan, who is also a member of Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust Council of Governors, said: This is an excessive amount of money to be spending on temporary workers - a gross amount in fact.
I have been aware of the excessive amount of money they are spending on this area for some time and it is something I have raised time and again.
This is down to absenteeism. Staff are brought in to cover and they end up staying for longer periods.
The trust is cutting back millions from its services. We need to be putting this money smartly into providing better facilities for patients. Management has got to get a grip.
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust provided no comment on the issue as the Solihull News went to press.