Mayo University Hospital spent over €5.3 million on agency staff last year.

The HSE has released figures which show that, every day last year, almost €1 million was spent on agency staff nationally, to fill posts left vacant due to recruitment and retention issues.

A breakdown of the figures shows €5.3 million was spent on agency staff at Mayo University Hospital, of which €590,000 was spent on agency nurses while €1.6 million was spent on medical and dental staff.

Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that this spend on agency staff is not prudent or sustainable, as agency staff are more expensive than directly-employed staff.

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