More than 300 NHS executives have a larger salary than the prime minister

(see: National Health Service NHS Executive on wikipedia) – Published on The Telegraphe.co.uk, by Laura Roberts, July 4, 2010.

The report comes as the health service faces cuts to frontline services to reduce the deficit. An investigation found that 320 hospital, ambulance and health authority chiefs are paid more than David Cameron’s annual salary of £142,500. 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 … // 

… 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. (full text).

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