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Chief execs earn sizable bonuses on top of salary

NHS bosses are earning annual bonuses of tens of thousands of pounds on top of their six-figure salaries.

Hundreds of chief executives, departmental directors and board members of hospitals and other NHS organisations have received extra payments of as much as £32,000 – the largest single year’s bonus unearthed by freedom of information requests submitted by the Liberal Democrats.

The £32,000 bonus went in 2008-09 to Beccy Fenton, deputy chief executive of the Heart of England hospital trust, who already earns £170,000 a year.

Anna Walker, who was chief executive of the Healthcare Commission until it was disbanded last year, earned the largest combined amount in the past three years – £68,150 on top of her six-figure salary. She received £22,375 in 2006-07, £23,000 in 2007-08 and £22,775 in 2008-09 for running the then NHS watchdog in England.

Norman Lamb, the Lib Dems’ health spokesman, condemned the payments as shocking. “These bonuses are utterly scandalous. People will be disgusted by the extent to which fat cats in the public sector have been enriched at a time when the NHS has denied people drugs that they need and access to treatments such as in mental health,” he said.

Read more at The Observer.

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