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14 November 2000

NHS PROFESSIONALS AGENCY WELCOMED BY MSF

Health union MSF today (Tuesday, 14 November) welcomed the formation of the NHS professionals agency to take over functions currently undertaken by private sector agencies at a cost to the NHS of millions of pounds a year.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline today said:

"We especially welcome the inclusion of scientific staffs within the umbrella of this agency. Only six months agency we warned of the outrageous cost to the NHS of these agencies. It is entirely appropriate that bank and temporary staff are provided by an NHS agency."

"However, the numbers of staff working for the NHS as agency staff will only be reduced when salaries are increased so it is more attractive to work permanently for the NHS".

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NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble, Press Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

Roger Kline

Tel:

0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

Colin Adkins

Tel:

(020) 7939 7095

MSF/NHS press releases can be seen on the MSF Health web site: www.msfhealth.org

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.


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