Eight thousand hospital consultants earn more than the Prime Minister from the National Health Service, a health minister has admitted.
The figures are thought to be the first time that the Government has estimated how many consultants earn than the Prime Minister.
They are set to ignite a row about whether consultants should be allowed to continue lucrative private practices while taking home such large sums from the NHS.
The Liberal Democrats said the figures raised the question of whether “the Government have their priorities right on NHS pay”.
In a Parliamentary answer, health minister Philip Dunne said “it is estimated that 8,000 consultants earn more than £142,500”.
Mr Dunne said the figures from the end of 2015 were based on the total earnings in 2015 for consultants in the NHS hospital and community health services working for a full year.
Mr Dunne said he estimated that two thirds of consultants earned more than £100,000 a year from the NHS and a third more than £125,000.
Just 14 per cent were paid more than £150,000 a year by the NHS and only 5 per cent more than £175,000 a year.
There are now comparable figures but a Telegraph survey in 2013 found that more than 7,800 NHS staff were paid over £100,000 last year.This included a third of them earning more than £142,500 a year, the Prime Minister’s salary for most of the last Parliament.
H/t reader squodgy:
“It was beautiful & it worked well for forty years until Margaret Thatcher opened it up to Gobal Corporatism, infiltrated by Milton Friedman’s corrupt capitalist mantra.”
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