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”
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.”