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Hospitals have paid over £120 an hour for agency workers to cover for gaps in staffing. The highest amounts paid for an agency nurse were £121.59 an hour by the Royal Berkshire trust and £121.10 by the Chesterfield and Royal Hospital trust.
The figures for the past year were obtained by the Conservative Party under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Tories say average hourly rates in the NHS are £15.66 for a nurse, £24.14 for a junior doctor and £60.31 for a consultant.