NHS chiefs' pay soars12th April 2010
According to a Data Income Services report into boardroom-level salaries, chief executives received pay increases of 6.9% in 2008/09, in comparison to under 3% given to nurses.
The report, which looked at pay levels at over 380 trusts, showed that top managers were paid an average of £147,500, seven times the salary earned by an average nurse.
It also showed that managers of NHS foundation trusts were paid an average of £10,000 more annually than the managers of less highly regarded trusts.
The report said that senior managers in NHS trusts which were connected to a national pay agreement were given a 2.2% salary increase, while nurses were given 2.75% in 2008/09 and 2.5% this April.
The 6.9% salary rise for chief executives in 2008/09 was in addition to a 6.4% rise in 2007/08.
The chief executive with the highest salary worked at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London and received £270,000.
The top manager at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust was paid £237,500 and the chief executive at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was given £217,500.
Report author Steve Tatton said: "Our annual survey of NHS boardroom remuneration will not make comfortable reading for those wishing to see those at the top of the service leading from the front on wage restraint."
"These are undoubtedly testing times for those making decisions about how much to pay NHS chiefs...but it seems that the equation has fallen on the side of high salary awards with pay continuing to run ahead of the rest of the workforce."
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Title: NHS chiefs' pay soars
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14603
Date Added: 12th Apr 2010