Agency midwives cost “wasteful” NHS trusts almost £18m in one year, according to new figures – enough to employ 511 full-time staff.

Spending soared by 75.7 per cent in two years, rising from £10m in 2012 to £17.8m in 2014, data obtained by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) through Freedom of Information requests shows.

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