Edinburgh tells homes ‘cut back on agency staff’
Local authority care homes in Edinburgh have been told by the city council to cut back on agency staff as the council attempts to claw back a major overspend. The council projects a Â£3 million overspend on its Â£189 million health and social care budget and is looking at cutting back agency staff bills in care homes as one way of recuperating the money. Reasons being cited for the overspend include: # Increasing numbers of elderly people needing care. # High sickness and absenteeism levels among council staff # An increase in the number of disabled young people who need intensive care and help.