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Hospital bosses' pay rises sickening

15th April 2009

The Daily Express asks why hospital managers at poorly-performing hospitals have been able to reward themselves with pay rises.

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Foundation hospitals are meant to represent the high points of the NHS, but numerous trusts are in a disgraceful state.

117 foundation trusts are able to control their own budgets and make decisions on how much pay their staff receive.

However this freedom has been "abused" by some trusts, with managers at some of the "worst-performing" hospitals allocating themselves pay increases of "up to 150%".

Nurses and other staff had to put up with a 2.4% increase in 2008.

The Mid-Staffordshire Hospital's chief executive - where the deaths of 400 patients were caused by "appalling care" - has received a pay rise to £180,000.

This represents an increase of £40,000 in three years. Another manager at a hospital with bad performance has seen salary increases of £100,000.

These rises in salary are incomprehensible - taking cash away from patient healthcare is "pure greed".

Foundation hospitals were supposed to be "more cost effective and efficient, not just another way for opportunists to make money".

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