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Greed of the NHS fat cats: How bosses got £35MILLION in pay rises last year, enjoying champagne parties, exotic holidays and shopping trips to Harrods as hospitals battled to make ends meet

Hospital bosses are today accused of ‘shamelessly milking the NHS’ by taking £35million in pay rises during the worst funding crisis in a generation.

Some executives earned more than £1million last year and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors enjoyed pay packages worth up to £5,000 a day. The figures can be revealed after the Daily Mail carried out the most comprehensive audit ever of trust accounts and the exploitation of the NHS pension scheme by senior executives.  The extraordinary results are ‘on the scale of the MPs’ expenses scandal’, says one influential Government adviser. The Mail will this week lay bare the staggering ways in which bosses are milking the NHS for £210million a year despite its worsening financial crisis. We will reveal how:

  • Nearly 1,000 NHS bosses earn £100,000 or more a year when their pension contributions are taken into account.
  • Despite the funding crisis, the number of bosses with pay packages worth more than the Prime Minister rose by 30 per cent last year to nearly 600.
  • Nearly 50 hospital bosses pocketed more than £400,000 last year.
  • Some sat on the very committees that handed them huge pay rises.
  • Some health chiefs are using a common tax avoidance tactic by channelling their huge salaries through their own companies.
  • Others are being rewarded for abject failure with new jobs in the NHS and getting bumper paydays after silencing whistleblowers.
  • Chief nurses are taking home up to £700,000 a year – while their £26,000-a-year staff face cuts and frozen pay.
  • One temporary executive was paid £25,000 for two months work but spent much of this time in a villa in Spain and a spa resort in California.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3046054/Greed-NHS-fat-cats-Hospital-chiefs-got-35m-pay-rises-year-bosses-raked-400-000-Tory-Labour-demand-inquiry-Mail-revelations.html

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