- Statistics show senior NHS managers now earn an average of almost £75,000
- But nurses have taken a real term pay cut because of rising cost of living
- Royal College of Nursing: ‘Staff are being stretched to breaking point’
- Figures also show more nursing staff have lost their jobs than managers
Top NHS executives have enjoyed a two per cent pay rise over the past year – even though nurses are suffering a pay freeze.
Official statistics show that senior managers, such as finance directors and human resource officers, now earn an average of £74,654. This is up £1,459 from the average figure last September.
The pay rises for bureaucrats come despite the fact that nurses have been suffering a two-year pay freeze since March last year. Nurses start at £21,000 a year and their average salary is just over £30,000. The pay freeze means that, in real terms, their pay has been cut – because of the rising cost of living.
Separate figures, released following a parliamentary question, indicate that more nursing staff have lost their jobs since the election than managers.
In August of this year (2012), there were 4,544 fewer bureaucrats working in the NHS than there were in August 2010 – many of them walking off with six-figure pay-offs. But over the same period, the number of qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors plummeted by 4,573. It means that 29 more frontline nursing staff lost their jobs than administrators during the two year period.
And, to make matters worse, no fewer than 1,341 of the departing managers received redundancy pay-outs of more than £100,000.
The total includes 173 who were paid more than £200,000 when the organisations for which they worked were abolished. In total, almost £1billion has been paid in redundancy packages to managers since the election.
Labour’s health spokesman Andrew Gwynne, who obtained the figures on staffing levels, said the true position was much worse. He said that once health visitors and midwives are taken out of the picture, the number of nurses has fallen by around 7,000 since the election.
‘The Prime Minister’s boasts about cutting NHS bureaucracy have come to nothing,’ he said.
‘Instead, he’s quietly axed the jobs of thousands more nurses than managers.
‘David Cameron is allowing the front-line of the NHS to take a battering as he cuts the budget. He has wasted £3bn on a re-organisation of the NHS back-office that is adding fresh layers of bureaucracy and damaging patient care.
‘As the NHS haemorrhages nursing staff patients will pay the price of David Cameron’s false promises. Ministers are taking unacceptable risks with standards of patient care. They cannot continue to ignore the warnings from nurses’ and doctors’ leaders.’
This article appeared in the Daily Mail on 23rd December 2012. Read the full article here: