During the recession while those in the private sector were taking pay cuts to save their jobs, there has been a pay boom for top NHS bureaucrats.
The chief executive of Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust has had a 48 per cent pay rise since 2008 to 'between £210,000 and £215,000'.
The CEO of the Devon and Exeter NHS Trust is up 30 per cent over the last five years to 'between £165,000 and £170,000'.
The Heart of England NHS Trust CEO is on around £240,000 a year - up 30 per cent since 2006.
While at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, over the same period the CEO's pay is up 32 per cent to 'between £165,000 and £170,000'.
As with local councils, there will be those who argue such salaries are a small fraction of the total budget. Yet they are indicative of a wider spread largess - a mentality of spending other people's money with a lack of real accountability.
In 2009/10, the Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities increased their management costs by 23 per cent and spent £261 million on management consultants.
The age of extravagance must cease. It is our money and we have to right to know what is being done with it.
My comment: Why do CEOs and senior management deserve so much money, especially since they spend so much on management consultants to tell them how to do their job? Sack them and employ people who can do the job without relying on management consultants.
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