An investigation has revealed how many NHS staff are paid £100,000 or more.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance found North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust pays 119 members of staff £100,000 or more, with four of those non-clinical, while Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services in the town, has 106 employees, with six of those non-clinical.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has 225 employees in the category, with five non-clinical, while the North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust pays four non-clinical members of staff more than £100,000.
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgfield Clinical Commissioning Group has two employees who meet or go over the threshold.
A spokesman for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the Unversity Hospital of North Tees, said: “With around 1.1million people employed in the NHS, the number of staff being paid over £100,000 a year represents 0.0002 per cent of all the people employed – in other words, one in around 20,000.
“The NHS is a much-valued organisation and those in managerial positions, who have often risen through medical and nursing ranks in the NHS themselves, are responsible and accountable for running one of the most complex and scrutinised organisations in the country if not the world.
“Rewards in the private sector for jobs of a similar responsibility dwarf the pay for senior managers in the NHS.
“However those in management positions choose to stay in the NHS because they are committed to patients.”
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “No one begrudges paying doctors and nurses well for the tough jobs that they do, but it’s galling to see bosses at failing hospitals continuing to rake in the cash.
“It’s an insult to taxpayers, but it’s even worse for the patients who have suffered because of mismanagement, and worse. “The rewards-for-failure culture is rife in the NHS and it must be stamped out as a matter of urgency.”
The alliance has said that between 1999 and 2008, NHS spending increased in real terms by an average of 6.3% per year.
It says given the impending rise in “demographic challenges” and the fact that “the kind of budget increases of the 2000s are simply not feasible, productivity will have to increase and pay will have to be restrained.”
A 2010 report from the National Audit Office stated: “Over the last 10 years, there has been significant real growth in the resources going into the NHS, most of it funding higher staff pay and increases in headcount.
“The evidence shows that productivity in the same period has gone down, particularly in hospitals.”