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Hired agency medical staff earn more than NHS chief

PUBLISHED: 15:11 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

HEALTH chiefs are paying agency staff as much as £157 an hour to cover shifts, according to latest figures. A senior manager working for Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust in East London was paid the equivalent of £306,000 a year top rate, according to data obtained this week under the Freedom of Information Act.

By Gemma Collins

HEALTH chiefs are paying agency staff as much as £157 an hour to cover shifts, according to latest figures.

A senior manager working for Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust in East London was paid the equivalent £306,000 a year top rate, according to data obtained this week under the Freedom of Information Act.

He was among the highest agency staff earners in the country, receiving more than the chief executive of the NHS itself.

One agency consultant was paid £125 an hour by the Barts and the London NHS Trust, which runs the Royal London in Whitechapel, the London Chest at Bethnal Green and Bart’s in the City.

This is equivalent to nearly £244,000 annual salary and £70,000 more than the maximum for an experienced consultant.

All NHS trusts in Britain were asked by the Tory Party for details on the highest amount they paid to agency workers between May and October.

They were paying agency staff “hugely inflated” hourly rates to cover gaps, say the Tories.

But the Department of Health insists money on agency staff is falling, year on year.


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