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An NHS Trust denies paying boss £1.25m and resulting job losses

NHS bosses have earned more than £35 million in pay rises despite unprecedented spending cuts, an investigation suggests, however an NHS trust refutes this.

Some executives were found to have earned more than £1 million last year, while a handful of bosses at some of the “worst-performing hospitals” still received bonuses of up to £5,000 a day, reported the Daily Mail.

It also suggested that some executives sawpay rises of 6% while nurses at the same hospitals have faced pay freezes for the past five years.

The highest paid boss was said to be Tricia Hart at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who was paid up to £1.26 million last year, while frontline staff were made redundant.

However, the trust chairman Deborah Jenkins denies that Professor Tricia Hart was given the “biggest hospital pay deal in the country” and is seeking legal action.

She goes on to say that “our transformation work has not resulted in mass job losses in frontline staff, we had 19 redundancies in 2012/2013 out of a workforce of 9,000 - seven of which were voluntary, and just five were clinical staff,” she says.

Talking about the investigation Professor Maria Goddard, director of the
Centre for Health Economics
at the University of York said: "Whilst we must bear in mind that it is in the interests of the NHS to retain the skills of experienced managers and pay them salaries commensurate with their expertise, rather than trying to run the NHS 'on the cheap'; salary increases should nevertheless always be subject to assessment of performance in order to ensure they are appropriate.

“The use of some of the specific "loopholes" reported to have been used certainly deserve further investigation."  

Both Labour and the Conservatives have promised to launch a review into the findings.