NHS is feeling the affects. Lots of articles in Health Service Journal about the immediate problem of keeping the service going, not surprisingly A&E's ( Lincoln County Hospital)
"One NHS finance director told HSJ: “It is akin to a Mexican standoff. Some locums have been asking for between 30 and 50 per cent price uplifts. More than likely we will have to pay this; it is a Hobson’s choice.....
...One consultant at a major A&E department said: “We have gaps in the rota due to locums pulling out. They are taking April and May off, waiting for market forces to increase the rate. They are asking trusts to increase the hourly rate, and they are asking agencies to cut their share of the hourly rate. It will be interesting to see who blinks first.”
"We’ve got a small number of places that are talking to us and saying this is going to be a bit difficult. We are trying to hold our nerve and not blink, but safety will drive the decisions" - Jim Mackey
Jim also said something along the lines of (and I am paraphrasing) "They shouldn't be doctors if they are going to be so naughty"