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DH to sell NHS Professionals

The Department of Health is to sell the National Health Service’s (NHS) in-house recruitment agency, NHS Professionals (NHSP), it was revealed yesterday.


Two sources have allegedly confirmed the plan to Olga Masalkova of RT’s Going Underground.


More than 60,000 nurses, doctors, administrators, midwives and other medical professionals are registered with NHSP, according to the agency’s website.


In 2015, NHS Professionals made an £8 million profit (up 43 per cent on the year before) after a massive £3.3 billion was spent in the same year on stand-in doctors, nurses and admin staff.


Commenting on the potential impact for medical recruitment agencies, Shubber Raja, managing director of MediLink Consulting, said, "It truly depends on who purchases NHSP. For example, this is a kind of business which I believe a neutral vendor may purchase.


"I don’t believe it will make much of a difference. The NHS have clearly tried creating their own in house agency but as time has shown it’s not the easiest job.


"Recruitment agencies work very hard to ensure candidates are fully vetted and placed correctly to ensure full patient safety."


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