- More than 60 NHS chiefs found to earn more than Prime Minister's £142k
- Finance boss at Barts earned £280k as ran up worst deficit in NHS history
- Imperial College Healthcare chief executive topped list with £342,500
Dozens of London hospital bosses are being paid more than the Prime Minister - despite some of them racking up record levels of NHS debt, it emerged today.
Some are earning £280,000 - nearly double David Cameron's salary of £142,500 - plus many have pension pots in excess of £1 million.
One chief executive who was flown in from Australia was handed a £50,000 'golden hello' and another was helped with expenses of £36,000 to pay his rent, the Evening Standard reports.
Barts chief financial officer Mark Ogden (left) saw his pay package top £280,000 for the year while the best paid NHS executive in the Capital last year was Tracey Batten (right) the chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare, on £342,500
The investigation found more than 60 NHS hospital bosses were taking home more pay than Mr Cameron.
Kathryn Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, told MailOnline the figures were 'very worrying' when waiting times for operations including hip, knees and cataracts were on the rise at many hospitals.
'Let’s hope they can sleep comfortably in their beds at night, knowing that they are providing the very best and safest care to their patients,' she said.
‘It really worries us at the Patients Association when you know some of these hospitals are struggling and carry huge vacancies within the nursing profession that senior managers can merit such a high salary.
'Especially knowing that there are many parts of their institutions that are falling below the standards of care that patients deserve and expect.’
While Barts Health NHS Trust ran up the biggest debt in NHS history, its chief financial officer Mark Ogden saw his pay package top £280,000 for the year.
He left the role in January, shortly before the trust declared an £80 million deficit which is expected to increase to £135 million in the next 12 months.
Mr Ogden joined the troubled hospital in July 2012 and earned £545,000 in pay on top of £92,657 to cover rent, in two-and-a-half years.
Hospital accounts revealed some executives, already earning an annual income of more than £250,000, are looking forward to a £1 million pension-pot when they retire.
The best paid NHS executive in the Capital was Tracey Batten, the chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare.
She was paid £342,500 in 2014/15, which included a one-off payment of £49,860 to assist her relocation from Australia.
Ms Batten, whose annual salary trumps her predecessors by £90,000, has overseen controversial proposals to cut hundreds of beds and downgrade A&E at Charing Cross Hospital.
The TaxPayer's Alliance today questioned the value for money behind some of the salaries, especially as many were overseeing trusts heavily in the red.
Chief executive Jonathan Isaby told MailOnline that excess pay needed to be 'rooted out' at the top of the Health Service.
He said: 'No-one begrudges good pay for excellent doctors but the NHS is stuffed with far too many middle-managers, administrators and bureaucrats trousering telephone-number salaries.
'We need to get a grip on NHS salaries if we're to ensure the Health Service is financially sustainable.'
In April, the Daily Mail revealed how hospital bosses earned more than £1million last year - and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors enjoyed pay packages worth up to £5,000 a day.
Bosses were accused of ‘shamelessly milking the NHS’ by taking £35million in pay rises during the worst funding crisis in a generation.
Speaking at the time, one influential Government adviser described the situation as ‘on the scale of the MPs’ expenses scandal’.
Dr Tracey Batten
Imperial College Healthcare
|Peter Morris||Barts Health||£275,000|
|Jonathan Molyneux||West Middlesex||£275,000|
|David McVittie||London North West Healthcare||£270,000|
|Sir Robert Naylor||University College London Hospitals||£265,000|
|Tim Smart||King's College Healthcare||£255,000|
|Sir Ron Kerr||Guy's and St Thomas'||£253,267|
|Robert Bell||Royal Brampton and Harefield||£245,000|
|David Sloman||Royal Free||£240,000|
|Miles Scott||St George's Healthcare||£226,251|
|Tony Bell||Chelsea and Westminster||£225,000|
|Cally Palmer||Royal Marsden||£220,000|
|Professor Stanley Okolo||North Middlesex||£202,000|
|Matthew Hopkins||Barking, Havering and Redbridge||£185,000|
|Michael Bone||Great Ormond Street Hospital||£165,000|
|Dr Fionna Moore||London Ambulance Service||£135,000|
|SOURCE: Evening Standard|
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