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NHS Top Executive's Pay Passes £200,000

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Top Executive's Pay Passes £200,000

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Pay parity in the health service was thrown into the spotlight this week with chief executives' salaries breaching the £200,000 mark for the first time as Unison entered final negotiations on a recordbreaking equal pay settlement.

A survey from Incomes Data Services revealed that the earnings of NHS chiefs have far outpaced the rest of the health workforce. Derek Smith, the chief executive of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, was the highest-paid chief executive at £212,500. His salary increased by 35% last year.

The chiefs at two other London hospitals - Guy's and St Thomas' and Barts - were the next highest paid at £192,000 and £182,000. They received salary increases of between 8% and 16%.

The NHS Confederation refused to comment on individual pay awards but its chief executive Gill Morgan said the most appropriate comparison should be with the chief executives of FTSE 250 companies. 'Major NHS trusts are huge organisations and they need to be able to attract high-calibre chief executives,' she said.

But the figures will increase pressure on the Department of Health to rein in trusts, with the Treasury's 3. …

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