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Salaries for chief executives of PCTs soar by an average 28%

Salaries for primary care trust chief executives rocketed by an average of 28 per cent last year, new figures show.

The increase came despite the NHS Executive recommending a pay rise of just 3.6 per cent.

The increase took the median income of PCT bosses to £92,500, according to the report by Income Data Services.

Pay rates for chief executives ranged from £117,500 paid to Sally Gorham at Waltham Forest PCT to £42,500 received by Trevor Purt at Rochdale PCT.

The four highest paying PCTs ­ Waltham Forest, Westminster, Camden and Salford ­ all received one star in Commission for Health Improvement performance ratings last year. Rochdale PCT, the lowest payer, achieved two stars.

Many trusts were paying well below Department of Health benchmarks, the report found.

Former Salford LMC chair Dr Niall Finegan said: 'It's a difficult job, and their necks are on the line, so I don't begrudge them, but I wish GPs had got a 28 per cent rise.'

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