Socialist Worker

Health bosses rake in £35 million

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2450

Top NHS bosses grabbed £35 million in pay rises during the last year while most workers’ pay was frozen.

Some top NHS executives raked in more than £1 million, while directors in hospitals deemed badly performing took up to £5,000 a day.  

The figures were revealed by the Daily Mail newspaper. The NHS will not release its annual financial report until after the general election—where health is a major battleground.

Labour promises to get rid of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which handed more power to private companies.

The Tories now promise to stump up the £8 billion that NHS boss Simon Stevens said is needed. This is part of the “Stevens plan” for more privatisation. And the Tories still demand £20 billion in “efficiency savings”.

The real alternative lies in workers and patients fighting to defend the health service.

Both Tories and Labour say they will attack NHS workers’ unsocial hours pay if a review body recommends this in June.

Unison union general secretary Dave Prentis pledged to fight whichever government attacks unsocial hours. It’s time to prepare for that fight now.

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