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The 8,000 NHS staff on six figure salaries

Post  Panda on Mon 22 Apr - 8:53

The 8,000 NHS staff on six figure salaries

Almost 8,000 NHS hospital managers and consultants were paid six-figure
salaries last year while nurses were “run ragged” because of dangerously low
staffing levels.

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By Steven Swinford

10:00PM BST 21 Apr 2013


A survey by The Daily Telegraph has found that more than 7,800 NHS staff were
paid over £100,000 last year, with a third of them earning more than David
Cameron’s £142,500 salary.

The figures indicate that NHS managers and consultants have been protected
from the Government’s £20 billion cost-cutting programme, with the number
earning six-figure salaries increasing slightly in the past three years. Their
total pay also rose over the same period, amounting to almost £1  billion last

Many of the highest paid individuals were based at hospitals which have been
at the centre of patient care scandals or are in serious financial difficulties.

The trust with the highest number on six figures – Southampton, with 384 –
was deemed by the Care Quality Commission last year to be “placing patients at
risk”, so poor were its staffing levels.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said the
six-figure salaries sent the “wrong message” as front-line staff struggled to
cope with “deep cuts” and pay freezes.

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The highest-paid executive earned £340,000 — almost 16 times more than ward
nurses, who earn as little as £21,388-a-year. Eleven high earners have been paid
more than £250,000 each. The true figures are likely to be far higher as dozens
of hospital trusts failed to respond.

Dr Carter said hard-pressed nursing staff “often feel undervalued, especially
if senior NHS staff are not experiencing the same pay restraints”.

The number of NHS staff paid more than £100,000 has increased in the past
year at almost half of the 75 trusts surveyed. In some parts of England, the
number of high-earners has risen by more than 50 per cent.

Last year 17 NHS hospitals were censured for dangerously low staffing levels
amid growing concern about the safety and dignity of patients.

At Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which was condemned for its
“appalling” lack of care after one of the worst health scandals in living
memory, a total of 85 staff are paid more than £100,000, up from 79 the year

Darren Cattell, the trust’s interim finance director, was paid £340,000 last
year — almost £1,475-a-day — as the trust headed towards financial meltdown.

He left in May, four months before a team of consultants were sent in to
investigate the trust’s £20 million deficit. Last week the trust went into
administration and on Monday it will begin the bidding process for services to
be taken over by other NHS trusts or the private sector.

The trust’s medical director was paid between £225,000 and £230,000. A
spokesman said the trust had been forced to employ expensive interim directors
to help turn the scandal-hit hospital around.

Julie Bailey, whose mother died in Stafford hospital and who later formed the
Cure the NHS campaign group, said: “We have lost sight of what’s important,
people are being rewarded for failure.”

At Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which is being investigated by police
after the deaths of a number of babies, 121 staff are paid more than £100,000.

The highest paid individual was a consultant who earned £280,000, while Tony
Halsall, the trust’s former chief executive who resigned in February last year,
was given a £225,000 pay-off. A spokesman said that pay was “in line” with other
NHS trusts throughout the country.

Many of the high earners are at trusts which are currently being investigated
for having high mortality rates. These include Basildon and Thurrock,
Buckinghamshire Healthcare, Burton Hospitals, Colchester Hospital, East
Lancashire Hospitals and North Cumbria, which have 274 staff on six-figure
salaries between them.

At University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, 384 staff were paid six-figure
salaries last year, almost half of whom earned more than the Prime Minister.

But last October the Care Quality Commission warned that a shortage of nurses
at Southampton General Hospital was “placing people at risk”. Inspectors heard
staff were “run ragged” with some patients waiting hours for their meals

A spokesman for the trust said levels of pay reflected the “high number of
senior and experienced clinical staff”.

Trusts said that the majority of high earners were senior clinical staff. The
average consultant is paid £84,000, but can receive an additional £76,000 a year
in “clinical excellence awards”, which critics claim are given as a matter of

At many trusts the number of staff on six-figures rose significantly. The
number at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust increased from 20 to 31 in
the past year, while at City Hospital Foundation Trust in Sunderland, 165 staff
earned more than £100,000 — a rise of 10 per cent.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Many of these staff are senior
consultants and their pay reflects responsibilities and clinical skills.
However, pay restraint is essential right across the public sector, and the NHS
cannot be exempt from that. We have cut spending on managers and back office
administration costs, and the number of admin staff has fallen by over 18,000
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Re: The 8,000 NHS staff on six figure salaries

Post  Panda on Mon 22 Apr - 9:06

The Head of the Royal College of Nursing was interviewed this morning and admits there is a shortage of Nurses and the matter is being addressed. I think if Nurses are trained and paid for by the NHS they ought to agree not to go into private nursing or bank nursing for at least a year . this is one of the reasons there is such a shortage.
I worked in Clinics and saw for myself the waste of money and mountain of beurocracy.

Bring back the Matrons and stringent cleanliness of both Wards and Staff I say.

As an aside , the measles crisis is escalating ......a man died yesterday after being examined with head to toe spots and sent home.!!1
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