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Employing nurses on annual-hours contracts which include on-call and stand-down duties has led to more efficient deployment of staff in relation to workload. The system has cut the use of agency nurses and bank staff and reduced staffing costs. The majority of staff who took part in the pilot scheme have chosen to remain on annual-hours contracts.