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6,500 NHS staff paid more than Prime Minister

A Panorama investigation has prompted a fresh round of doctor bashing in the media with their programme suggesting doctors are the highest earners in the NHS.

The joint investigation, with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, claims that 6,500 staff in the NHS earn more than David Cameron.

Six out of 10 of the investigation’s list of highest paid people in the NHS are GPs and 1,465 earn more than the Prime Minister. David Cameron earns £142,500 per annum.

They claim 13 GPs also earn more than the head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, whose £278,800 salary is almost £200,000 short of the highest earning doctor.

Freedom of Information requests were submitted to over 2,400 organisations across the public sector.

The NHS has a budget of around £105bn. The total wage bill for those earning over £100,000 is over £3 billion a year, the investigation concluded.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism produced the following table of the top ten highest earning people in the NHS:

1. No name supplied £475,500 GP, Hillingdon PCT*

2. No name supplied £475,000 GP Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*

3. No name supplied £406,060 GP, Westminster PCT

4. No name supplied £375,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*

5. No name supplied £370,000 Consultant, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust*

6. No name supplied £329,735 GP, Hounslow

7. No name supplied £325,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*

8. No name supplied £325,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*

9. No name supplied £318,662 Consultant, University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

10. No name supplied £315,500 Unknown, NHS Highland

*Figure taken from a mid-point in the pay bracket given

It follows data from the NHS Information Centre which shows that GPs’ average income has fallen for a third consecutive year.

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4 Responses to “6,500 NHS staff paid more than Prime Minister”

  1. Malcolm Morrison says:

    How does one compare the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of doctors against politicians or managers?
    And how many people in the private sector earn more than the PM?
    I suspect that there are so many that the post of PM may become unattractive – with no applicants in future!

  2. chrissa says:

    first of all, it has to be noted that david cameron makes significantly less than gordon brown, because the latter reduced the pay for the job AFTER the election, making sure his successor gets paid less than himself. second point is that the perks need to be added: doctors do not get free accommodation – to rent a house like number ten on the free market would cost what? about 100k per year? number ten comes with staff, catering, the works – hence the value of this perk is probably much more. next: company car and driver, free weekend house (chequers) and so on and so forth. the complete package the pm is on is worth at least half a million per year. no doctor earns this – yet it it peanuts for bankers.

  3. Angus says:

    Chrissa has hit the nail on the head. The headline salary is meaningless. The total package is what counts and I bet the GPs’ take home package is only a fraction of the numbers above after their expenses are deducted (which they pay for themselves, unlike MPs).

  4. Mark says:

    Does this mean that if I stop telling people my name and move to central Birmingham the NHS will treble my salary? I think the sacrifices involved might well be worth it. I could do a bit of Prime Ministerial locum work at weekends as well to top up.

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