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These three Northern Ireland health bosses make 'rich list'

Britain's 10 best paid public health employees all received salaries above £200k.
Britain's 10 best paid public health employees all received salaries above £200k.
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Three public health officials in Northern Ireland received pay packages totalling more than £100,000 last year, new figures show.

The expenditure on pay for public sector staff was laid bare in the annual Nanny State Rich List, published by right-wing lobby group the TaxPayers' Alliance.

The list details senior salaries in relevant quangos and the total remuneration of similar posts in local government.

This year's list showed that Britain's 10 best paid public health employees all received salaries above £200,000.

In contrast, just three individuals received salaries above that figure in the financial year 2014-15.

Northern Ireland's three best-paid public health employees received six-figure sum salaries totalling £452,500.

Featured on the list for the first time is the director of public health for Northern Ireland, Dr Carolyn Harper.

She was among those earning more than £200,000.

According to the TaxPayers' Alliance, Dr Harper received total remuneration of £207,500 in the financial year 2017-18.

She has received a pay rise of approximately £65,000 since 2014-15, the group claimed.

This is in addition to two other members of Public Health Agency (PHA) staff who also received total remuneration in excess of £100,000.

The first was named by the group as Edmond McClean, the PHA's director of operations and deputy chief executive.

He received a remuneration package worth £132,500 last year.

The third highest pay award of £112,500 went to Mary Hinds, the PHA's director of nursing and allied health professions.

Overall, the TaxPayers' Alliance said that 266 UK public health staff earned more than £100,000, a rise of more than 19% on three years ago.

Two of them took home more than £300,000 - over twice the amount earned by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Public Health Agency said the figures quoted in the TaxPayers’ Alliance report were total remuneration, including pension benefits.

Its latest annual reports states Dr Harper’s salary was £150,000-£155,000 in 2017/18, with pension benefits of £55,000. Mr McClean’s salary was £85,000 to £90,000, plus pension benefits of £42,000.

And Mrs Hinds’ salary was £100,000 to £105,000, plus pension benefits of £11,000.

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