NHS executives make rich list’

PUBLISHED: 09:59 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

TWO NHS managers featured in the Public Sector Rich List earning between £157,000 and £165,000 per year.

TWO NHS managers featured in the Public Sector Rich List earning between £157,000 and £165,000 per year.

Interim chief executive of Bromley NHS Trust, Michael Marchment, was listed in the Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) Rich List, published last Friday, for his salary of £157,500 between May and November last year.

The conservative-ethos campaign group listed 806 public sector workers earning over £150,000 per annum.

Whilst working as chief executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr David Robson was paid £165,000, thereby coming in 611 highest on the list. The previous year his salary was £195,000.

The average pay on the TPA rich list worked out as £4,700 a week.

The Prime Minister was only 324th highest paid person in the public sector, though the head of the Royal Mail topped the chart by pocketing £1,309,000 a year.

Policy analyst at the TPA, John O'Connell, said: "Executive pay in the public sector is completely divorced from the reality of Britain's fiscal crisis.

"Ordinary families, struggling to make ends meet in the recession, don't pay their taxes to fund gold-plated deals for public sector fat cats.

"All parties now agree that excessive pay packages must be tackled but the time for action is now, not next year.

"Taxpayers want genuine transparency, accountability and restraint in setting top public sector pay."

The most highly paid person in the public sector, when including the state controlled banks, is Mark Fisher of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose remuneration was £1,388,000 last year.

Coming at number two is Sir Fred Goodwin, the bank's former chief executive who pocketed £1,336,000 last year, 68 per cent down on the year before when he took home £4,190,000.

This left Adam Crozier of Royal Mail as the highest paid non-bank employee in the public-owned sector.

It was also revealed that the head of the Student Loans Company was paid £162,500 last year.

Transport for London (TfL) has 50 members of staff on or above £150,000, while the BBC has 53.

In comparison, the Treasury has three people on the list.

Eight people in the public sector, including state-funded banks, earn more than £1 million, compared with four people last year. Gordon Brown was paid £194,250, 2.2 per cent more than the year before.

A spokesperson for the South London NHS Trust told the Times: "South London Healthcare works hard to ensure that its salaries are comparable with other NHS Trusts in the UK.

"The salaries paid to its consultants are determined by the national pay agreements for medical and dental staff.

"David Robson would have been paid during his time at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a consultant and then as a chief executive. This is in line with other appointments at this level of clinical staff to senior director roles.

"Michael Marchment was employed on a freelance consultant basis. His rate was equivalent to other freelance consultants operating at chief executive level.

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