IDS Chief Executive pay in the NHS - UNISON reaction
Commenting on the IDS survey into Chief Executive pay in the NHS*, Mike Jackson, UNISON Senior National Officer, said:
“It is right that senior managers in the NHS get paid a decent wage. Running a hospital is a tough and very responsible job, and without competitive pay rates, hospitals will not be able to attract the right calibre of staff.
“But it is not right for senior staff to get above inflation pay hikes, while the rest of the workforce get a below inflation pay deal**.
“This survey shows that Foundation Trust hospitals are using their autonomy to boost boardroom pay. This comes at the same time as many Foundation Trusts are found to be failing patients, not delivering better standards of care.
“Foundation Trusts also have a higher number of senior staff working on temporary contracts. Payment by results is clearly creating financial uncertainty for Foundation Trusts.”
*NHS Chiefs pay rising three times faster than 2.2% Department of Health target, published by Incomes Data Services.
** NHS staff including nurses, hospital porters, housekepeers and Health Care Assistants are at the end of a three year pay deal, and received a 2.5% pay increase in April this year. Retail price inflation is running at 4.2%.