Government Backs Off From Selling NHS Professionals

The Government has backed out of selling the NHS's internal staff agency - NHS Professionals after much opposition and demands for an enquiry.

NHS Professionals is the NHS's internal staff agency. As the NHS is currently in the middle of waging a campaign against the use of external agency staff (needed because we have neither trained enough staff nor kept up pay sufficiently to retain them) NHS Professionals has suddenly become much more active and much more important to the NHS. It is used for staff to earn more in extra hours or to work on supply. To have externalised this agency would have wrecked the campaign to cut out the payment of excess agency fees in a simply scandalous way so this is a U-turn much to be welcomed.