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PCT managers' huge salaries revealed

By Ian Quinn

PCT managers are being paid staggering sums of up to £370,000 a year, according to a study out today.

A report compiled by the Taxpayers' Alliance has found at least 350 NHS executives in hospitals and PCTs were paid more than £150,000 last year.

But it also reveals a string of executives earn sums which dwarf that, and others who have received huge increases in pay.

Professor Salman Rawaf, recently retired director of public health at Wandsworth PCT, tops the pile among health managers, earning £370,550 last year, which according to the report is an increase of almost 100% from the previous year.

His pay pipped at the line that of the man in charge of infrastructure for the UK's railways and Olympics chief Sebastian Coe, and leaves the likes of the Governor of the Bank of England and Prime Minister Gordon Brown trailing in his wake.

However, Caroline Taylor, chief executive of Croydon PCT, saw her pay go up by more than 185% to £250,000 and Sue Assar, Interim Chief Executive of Luton PCT, saw her earnings rise by 288% to £242,500.

The study comes just two weeks after a Pulse investigation revealed PCTs had sanctioned massive increases in management salary costs, with spending soaring by a quarter in just the past two years, while the NHS faces huge cuts.

Our investigation showed many trusts project rises in management costs of 60% or more over the two-year period, with costs at one trust rising by more than 100%.

The new report includes in its rich list Mark Britnell, former director of commissioning and system management of the Department of Health. Mr Britnell, who has since joined consultants KPMG, received a 15.4% hike in his final year, to more than £260,000.

Meanwhile the Department's director general of workforce, Clare Chapman, was given more than a 10% rise to £267,000.

The report comes with the Government, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats all calling for massive cuts in PCT management spending.

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, said: ‘With 806 public sector employees taking home more than £180m a year between them, it is clear that even in these difficult times, profligacy at the top of the public sector lives on.'

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