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NHS chief's salary soars

PUBLISHED: 18:27 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

AN NHS boss received a 4.25 per cent average pay increase last year - nearly double that given to nurses, according to figures. At Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs Darent Valley Hospital, chief executive Mark Devlin earned £122,500 in 2008/09

AN NHS boss received a 4.25 per cent average pay increase last year - nearly double that given to nurses, according to figures.

At Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs Darent Valley Hospital, chief executive Mark Devlin earned £122,500 in 2008/09, compared to £117,500 in 2007/8 - an increase of 4.25 per cent.

A report by Incomes Data Services (IDS), released last Monday (12), revealed NHS bosses received a 6.9 per cent average pay increase last year - more than double that given to nurses, who averaged a 2.75 per cent rise in 2008/09.

The salary figures were arrived at by taking the mid-point of the wage bracket disclosed by each Trust.

Steve Tatton, editor of the IDS NHS Boardroom Pay Report 2010, said: "Our annual survey of NHS boardroom remuneration will not make comfortable reading for those wishing to see those at the top of the service leading from the front on wage restraint.

"These are undoubtedly testing times for those making decisions about how much to pay NHS chiefs, balancing recruitment and motivation against the need to keep tight control of the public purse, but it seems that the equation has fallen on the side of high salary awards with pay continuing to run ahead of the rest of the workforce."

Darent Valley hospital was unavailable for comment as the Times went to press.

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