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Health bosses in six figure salaries row

PUBLISHED: 16:12 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

TWO NHS managers featured in the Public Sector Rich List earning between £157,000 and £165,000 per year. Interim Chief Executive of Bromley NHS Trust Michael Marchment was listed on the Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) Rich List for his salary of £157,500 betwe

TWO NHS managers featured in the Public Sector Rich List earning between £157,000 and £165,000 per year.

Interim Chief Executive of Bromley NHS Trust Michael Marchment was listed on the Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) Rich List for his salary of £157,500 between May and November 27 last year.

And whilst working as Chief Executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, Dr David Robson was paid £165,000, coming in at 611 on the list. This was a 14 per cent decrease than the previous year, when he was on £195,000.

The Prime Minister is only the 324th highest paid worker in the public sector while the head of the Royal Mail tops the chart pocketing £1,309,000 a year.

Policy Analyst at the TPA John O'Connell said: "Executive pay in the public sector is completely divorced from the reality of Britain's fiscal crisis. Ordinary families, struggling to make ends meet in the recession, don't pay their taxes to fund gold-plated deals for public sector fat cats.

"All parties now agree that excessive pay packages must be tackled but the time for action is now, not next year. Taxpayers want genuine transparency, accountability and restraint in setting top public sector pay."

The most highly paid person in the public sector, if including the state controlled banks, is Mark Fisher of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose remuneration was £1,388,000 last year.

Coming at number two is Sir Fred Goodwin, the former Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who pocketed £1,336,000 last year which was 68 per cent down on the year before when he took home £4,190,000.

This left Adam Crozier of Royal Mail as the highest paid non-bank employee in the public sector. And Transport for London (TfL) has 50 members of staff on or above £150,000, while the BBC has 53.

A spokesperson for the South London NHS Trust told the Times: "The salaries paid to its consultants are determined by the national pay agreements for medical and dental staff.

"David Robson would have been paid during his time at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a consultant and then as a Chief Executive. This is in line with other appointments at this level of clinical staff to senior director roles.

"Michael Marchment was employed on a freelance consultant basis. His rate was equivalent to other freelance consultants operating at Chief Executive level."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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