Top NHS executives earn £200,000

Pay for NHS chief executives has risen by more than 70% in the last decade, according to new figures.

Analysis by Income Data Services found that pay for chief executives in the health service now tops £200,000 a year in the best paid posts.

The pay rises outstripped nurses, whose salaries went up by just 50% in the same period.

The highest paid chief executive was to Derek Smith, chief executive of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, who was paid between £210,000 and £215,000 last year.

The Department of Health said it was important to pay a competitive rate in order to get the best leaders with the right skills.


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