Consultant overtime questioned14th January 2011
The BBC has said it knows that some consultants working in the health service are making over £100,000 in overtime annually.
The amounts - which are paid in addition to salaries and bonus payments - earned by some doctors have met with criticism as the NHS is attempting to make savings at the present time.
The amount paid to consultants for overtime averages around £600 for four hours - three times the amount senior doctors are paid for contractual work.
The average salary for a consultant is £90,000 a year, which for a full-time consultant is paid in 10 four-hour chunks per week.
Consultants who do private work must also carry out an additional four-hour session if their health service trust requires it.
Additional overtime is paid out at an increased rate according to waiting list initiative payments, which are different for each NHS trust.
The BBC said many trusts paid between £500-£700 for the four-hour sessions and some consultants were earning over £100,000 a year.
Professor Alan Maynard, an expert in health policy from York University and former chairman of a hospital, said consultants "don't always keep to their job plans and then get to do the overtime. I think there needs to be much more transparency about consultants' pay".
"The public are just not aware of the sums they can earn. If the data was published it would put pressure on them and reduce some of the figures we are seeing."
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Title: Consultant overtime questioned
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17236
Date Added: 14th Jan 2011