“Temporary NHS managers brought in by failing health services are being paid record rates of up to £400,000 a year.
Ministers have repeatedly ordered clampdowns on “excessive and indefensible” management pay and promised extra scrutiny of deals which pay more than the £142,500 salary of the Prime Minister.
But a Telegraph investigation of 32 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) failing so badly that they have been taken over by NHS England shows that in fact rates have reached a record high.
Nurse leaders last night said executive pay was “spiralling out of control” amid warnings that “sky-high” remuneration packages were not being matched by improvements to frontline services. Health services insisted they were forced to pay “premium” rates to attract good managers quickly.
The figures, from NHS annual reports for 2016/17, disclose 21 managers at the struggling organisations on rates equal to at least £200,000 a year – including five on more than £300,000.
… “At North, East and West Devon Martin Shield cost over £90,000 for three months – an annual rate of £375,000 – as “turnaround director.” …