Wolverhampton health bosses go £2.4m over budget

Health bosses in Wolverhampton have gone more than £2.4 million over budget after spending more than predicted on agency nurses.

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The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust has spent £2.44m on agency nurses since the start of April, around 50 per cent more than at this time last year, according to figures.

More was spent on agency nurses despite bosses announcing plans to cut back spending in that area.

It comes as the trust, which runs the city’s main New Cross Hospital, fights to save £15.3m by the end of the financial year.

Almost £1.8m was overspent from the pay budget, while £681,000 was overspent in other areas such as treatment and estates.

Overspending on drug treatments accounted for £23,000 of the figure.