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Labour attacks 'galling' pay rise for senior NHS managers

Ten senior NHS managers have shared more than £300,000 in pay increases without apparently even changing jobs, according to parliamentary answers received by the Labour party.

Following the re-organisation of the NHS, some staff moved from the Department of Health to NHS England with fresh contracts, but apparently identical posts.

“Nurses and midwives …will find these revelations utterly galling”

Andy Burnham

Ben Dyson, formerly director of commissioning, policy and primary care at the Department of Health earned £90,000 to £94,999.

However, as director of commissioning, policy and primary care at NHS England, Mr Dyson now earns £120,000 to £124,999.

John Holden, the director of system regulation at the Department of Health, received an extra £40,000 as the director of systems policy at NHS England.

Meanwhile, Richard Murray, a financial director, also received a £35,000 rise after moving to NHS England, the information showed.

The increases were disclosed to Labour in a series of parliamentary questions.

The figures come after the Department of Health admitted 3,950 NHS managers had received redundancy payments only to return to work in new NHS organisations.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: “Nurses and midwives who have been told that they will not receive even a 1% pay increase this year will find these revelations utterly galling.”

An NHS England spokesman said: “Over a year ago, a small number of people won promotion to new roles in NHS England. There are 20,500 fewer administration roles in the NHS than four years ago.”

Readers' comments (6)

  • typical, suppose we should be used to this by now, but still angry

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  • Ersatz sympathy from Andy I think. Don't be taken in by any politician. They are your friend while in opposition. Once in power they will exactly what they want.

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  • Anonymous | 3-Apr-2014 1:13 pm

    Absolutely, hollow words from the man who allowed Mid Staffs to happen. NHS management swelled vastly under the wasteful Labour lot. They're all as bent as each other.

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  • Yeah but what do we do about it .............Nothing. We just sit and moan about how bad it is and poor us. We will not be getting a pay rise people. We will not be getting any extra recognition for the courses, degrees, masters we do to enable us to do our jobs better. We will get no thanks for the endless hours of extra work both on the job and at home we do every day, day in and day out so our patients can remain safe. We should refuse to accept the fact they say they cant afford to pay us. 11% is found from some budget somewhere to pay for the ineffective and uncaring politicians and goodness knows where this money came from to fund the senior managers pay rise. But still they cant find enough to pay us a not even keeping up with inflation pay rise. Strike and be done with it.

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  • Anonymous | 3-Apr-2014 2:08 pm

    Unfortunately I have to agree with you. It ticks me off that a room full of intelligent nurses don't have a clue about what changes are going on, not even about the NMC. They show complete apathy. Yet they moan about child care prices "killing them".

    I'm just completing my public health MSc which I need to become a band 6 health visitor. But still I will only be on £25 when I qualify. At this point in another profession I would be on more even if not straight away soon enough.

    Anyone else know what I can do with a public health MSc outside of nursing. I've had enough and want out!

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  • Anonymous | 4-Apr-2014 0:20 am

    i hope you can do more with your MSc than one in healthcare management for clinicians. it is not recognized by non-clinical managers and their little corner of the NHS is a closed shop! universities offer the degree with the intent of getting more clinicians back in management in the NHS be the latter do not want to know!

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