PCTs sanction huge pay rises for managers25th November 2009
An investigation by the journal Pulse has discovered that primary care trusts have sanctioned significant increases in management salary costs.
Over the past two years, spending has risen by a quarter at a time that health funding is facing cutbacks.
Pulse used Freedom of Information legislation to survey 55 PCTs and discovered that management salaries rose on average by 25%, from £312m in 2007/8 to nearly £390m in 2009/10.
NHS Hounslow was the highest with a 116% increase in manager salary costs, while at NHS Somerset costs rose by 72%.
Pulse says GP pay fell by 1.5% and investment in GP practices rose by just 1.1% for that period.
Somerset LMC chair Dr Barry Moyse said: “All our public services have seen an endless torrent of demands from the centre. Managers have no choice about whether to comply so the need for more managers grows inexorably.”
Conservative shadow health minister Mike Penning, said: “These are shocking increases in the costs of bureaucracy and management within the NHS. It is inevitable the rises must be keeping money away from patient care and the front line.”
The Department of Health said it was down to PCTs to determine their management costs, though the NHS Confederation said much of the spending was through trusts carrying out DH requirements.
GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron Nash said: “GPs are constantly being told by PCTs to make efficiency savings, but maybe it’s about time PCTs saved some of this by cutting back on some of these management positions.”
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Title: PCTs sanction huge pay rises for managers
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13372
Date Added: 25th Nov 2009