A review to look at ‘all options’ for NHS Professionals, including a potential sale, has been commissioned by the Department of Health in order to ‘make the NHS safer and more efficient’.
According to Sky News, the accountancy firm Deloitte have been appointed to review options for the staffing agency, wholly owned by the Department of Health, which is the main supplier of temporary staff for the NHS.
The staffing agency is has bounced back from a £6.7m loss in 2009-10 to become profitable, making an aggregated profit of £10.8m since then, according to NHS Professionals’ 2013 annual report.
A Department of Health spokesman stated: “To make the NHS safer and more efficient we want to improve the way it uses temporary staff and reduce its reliance on expensive agency workers.
“We have commissioned a study looking at a range of options, including the future of NHS Professionals, which we will carefully consider before making any decisions.”
NHS professionals’ has roughly 40,000 nurses, doctors, midwives and other healthcare workers on its books.