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BMA chair gets ‘94%’ salary rise, top locum paid £460,000 while nursing agency rakes in £43m

A theme of high-earning medics in the paper today is led by a Guardian exclusive revealing ‘secret’ BMA pay rises to ‘senior figures’.

A leaked paper showed that BMA chair Dr Mark Porter got a 94% pay rise last year, with his salary going from £88,320 to £171,692.

The Telegraph meanwhile reports that the highest paid locum agency doctor was paid £460,000 in 2014/15. An investigation by workforce firm Liaison found the general medicine practitioner was working average 80-hour weeks.

The top 10 earning doctors made £3m between them, with the high rates said to be because of the lack of availability of locums.

The Daily Mail is also focusing on the cost of temporary healthcare staff, with its investigation revealing that one nursing agency billed the NHS £43m last year.

It comes as the Government announced last week that it is to set a cap on locum agency fees, yet to be agreed.