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NHS managers 'share £300,000 rise'

Ten senior NHS managers have shared more than £300,000 in pay increases without apparently even changing jobs, according to Parliamentary answers received by Labour.

Following the re-organisation of the NHS, some staff moved from the Department of Health to NHS England with fresh contracts but apparently identical posts.

Ben Dyson, formerly d irector of commissioning, policy and primary care at the Department of Health earned £90,000 to £94,999, according to the information given to Labour.

As director of commissioning, policy and primary care at NHS England he now earns £120,000 to £124,999.

John Holden, the director of system regulation at the Department of Health, received an extra £40,000 as the director of systems policy at NHS England.

Meanwhile, Richard Murray, a financial director, also received a £35,000 rise after moving to NHS England, the information showed.

The increases were disclosed to Labour in a series of Parliamentary questions.

The figures come after the Department of Health admitted 3,950 NHS managers had received redundancy payments only to return to work in new NHS organisations.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "The scandalous waste caused by David Cameron's NHS re-organisation gets worse the more we find out about it.

"Nurses and midwives who have been told that they will not receive even a 1% pay increase this year will find these revelations utterly galling.

"It seems people at the top have done very nicely out of Mr Cameron's re-organisation but those at the bottom are told there's no money left. No wonder NHS staff morale has hit rock bottom under this Government.

"There could be no clearer illustration of an out-of-touch Prime Minister once again standing up for the wrong people with his priorities completely wrong.

"People who can't get a GP appointment or who have been denied an operation will ask why this Prime Minister can't find the money to help them but can find tens of thousands of pounds extra for already well-paid people still doing the same job."


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