Who's The Richest Of Them All?

Four local NHS staff members appear on Public Sector 'Rich List'

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Four members of the local NHS staff have appeared on the Public Sector Rich List for 2009, two from Hounslow PCT and the others from West Middlesex NHS Trust.

Published by the TaxPayers' Alliance, the list shows the remuneration details of 806 public sector workers earning £150,000 or more.

Hounslow PCT Nick Relph Chief Executive (Interim) appears 276 on the list earning a salary of £202,500, £6,250 more than Gordon Brown earns as Prime Minister.

His colleague Darren Cattell appears at 649 as Director of Finance and Performance Management (Interim) with a salary of £162,500.

Although no longer Chief Executive of West Middlesex NHS Trust, after resigning over 'unacceptable' waiting times, Tara Donnelly still made the list at number 498 with her former £175,000 salary.

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust Medical Director Andrew Winning is ranked 750 with a salary of £155,000.

All four employees received salary increases this financial year.

The TaxPayers' Alliance says those on the list come from 358 government departments, quangos, public corporations, other public bodies and nationalised industries. The most highly paid person in the public sector this year was Mark Fisher of the Royal Bank of Scotland, whose remuneration was £1,388,000, while Adam Crozier of Royal Mail was the highest paid non-bank employee in the public sector, earning £1,309,000.

The BBC, meanwhile, has at least 53 people on £150,000 or over and Transport for London has 50 members of staff on or above £150,000. In comparison, the Treasury - the main Government department responsible for tackling the recession - has a modest three people on the Rich List while Gordon Brown is only the 324th highest paid person in the public sector.

According to the report, there are eight people in the public sector who earn more than £1 million a year, compared with four people last year.

John O’Connell, Policy Analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Executive pay in the public sector is completely divorced from the reality of Britain’s fiscal crisis. Ordinary families, struggling to make ends meet in the recession, don’t pay their taxes to fund gold-plated deals for public sector fat cats. All parties now agree that excessive pay packages must be tackled but the time for action is now, not next year. Taxpayers want genuine transparency, accountability and restraint in setting top public sector pay.”

The TaxPayer's Alliance say the figures in the report comprise not just basic salaries but include salary, bonuses, incentive plans, benefits-in-kind and pension contributions.

The Public Sector Rich List does not include senior staff in local authorities as these are covered in a separate report.


December 16, 2009