Half of all trusts have given senior managers a £5,000 pay hike, while most nurses will not be getting a cost of living increase this year.
Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to NHS provider trusts in England show that the money spent on executive directors has increased by 6.1% over the past two years, compared to a 1.6% increase for nurses, midwives and health visitors.
Following the government’s decision not to follow advice from the independent Pay Review Body, most nurses will not get a pay rise this year. Those that do will receive less than £5 per week, the Royal College of Nursing claims.
The RCN’s FOI revealed that in Eastern England, executives received a 14.81% pay increase over the past two years.
Across the country, increases were highest at acute specialist trusts. And in the East Midlands, North West and West Midlands, pay increases for senior managers were 10% or more.
Published today, the RCN report All in it together? The Executive pay bill in England’s NHS, claims that the government has an “iron grip” on frontline staff pay, but senior managers have “gone unchecked”.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive said: “This is the worst kind of double standard and makes a mockery of their insistence that fairness has been at the heart of their decision making on public sector pay.
“Failing to pay nursing staff a decent wage will continue to affect nurses’ living standards and morale and cause many more to consider leaving the NHS which is bad for nurses, bad for the NHS and bad for the country.
“The government should do the decent and honourable thing and give nurses a decent wage.”