More than 300 NHS executives have a larger salary than the prime minister
An investigation found that 320 hospital, ambulance and health authority chiefs are paid more than David Cameron’s annual salary of £142,500.
The report comes as the health service faces cuts to frontline services to reduce the deficit. Of those 58 are paid more than £200,000 a year. Financial experts described the salaries as “unsustainable”.
The number of high-earners has increased 50-fold since Labour came to power in 1997. Prior to that only six NHS officials were paid more than John Major, who then earned a salary of £101,557.
The highest paid was Ian Miller, Interim Director of Finance and Investment for South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, who earned £310,000 for nine months work from April 2009 to January 2010.
His salary – which would be £400,000 per year – would pay for up to 14 nurses.
Meanwhile Ron Kerr, Chief Executive of Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, earns the second-highest amount with £270,000.
Some health executives also receive additional bonuses such as leased luxury cars that cost more than a nurses salary of £20,000 a year.
The survey looked at 172 acute hospital trusts, 11 ambulance trusts and the ten regional strategic health authorities.
In total 734 staff earned more than £100,000 per year according to available records.
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers Alliance, said: “It’s shocking that pay in some parts of the NHS has now reached these stratospheric new heights. It simply isn’t sustainable.”
Anthony Marsh, chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, earns £232,000 – more than 14 times the salary of some ambulance drivers.
Pay does not appear to be linked to performance. Martin Yeates, former chief of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trusts, which runs Stafford hospital where 400 died due to inadequate care, earned up to £160,000 a year before he left.
Meanwhile the Department of Health said it was “committed to cutting NHS management costs” and planned to reduce them by 46 per cent in the next three to four years.
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