Two health boards paid more than £1,500 for an agency nurse to cover a single hospital shift, new figures reveal.

NHS Lanarkshire spent £1,565 on a single shift in 2015-16, while the largest amount paid by NHS Lothian in the past three years was £1,528.

The figures were obtained under Freedom of Information by the Scottish Conservatives, who branded them “a slap in the face” to NHS staff nurses.

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