The South Wales Argus report:

LOCUM doctor and agency staff costs have been lower in Gwent over the last three years than in any other health board area in Wales that provides acute services.

Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives show Aneurin Bevan University Health Board spent just over £13.4 million during 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 combined on plugging staffing gaps among doctors’ and nursing rotas.

The biggest spender during in that period was Betsi Cadwalladr Health Board in North Wales, which spent £50.5 million.

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