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2 February 2016, 05:45 | Updated: 2 February 2016, 06:34
Southend Hospital is offering nurses £50 to work extra shifts as it looks to try to ease pressure on its A&E department.
The hospital has had to put a 'critical alert' in place three times already this year because of high patient numbers.
"During acute periods of pressure, such as when the hospital has been on black escalation status, we have offered trained nurses and HCAs a supplementary payment of £50 per shift worked to incentivise staff to work additional shifts where they are able and to thank them for their commitment and hard work.
"Southend University Hospital matches the national pay scale as part of its local terms; any difference in pay is due to other trusts benefitting from a funded London fringe high cost area supplement.
"In common with trusts across the country, recruitment of trained nurses is challenging due to a national shortage."