Nursing union says NHS bosses have had significant pay rises while nurses have seen pay cut

NURSES’ leaders have accused North-East hospital bosses of paying themselves substantial increases while allowing rank and file nurses to undergo a pay cut.

A new analysis of senior executive pay at three of the region’s biggest hospital trusts claims that while some NHS bosses have awarded themselves significant pay rises, front-line nurse and health care assistants have had to endure a real-terms cut in pay of between eight per cent and 12 per cent over the same period due to inflation.

However, the figures produced by the RCN are disputed by some of the trusts.

While a mid band five nurse’s salary increased from £23,563 in 2011-12 to £23,589 in 2012-13 – or 0.1 per cent – Ian Renwick, chief executive of the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust saw his pay increase by 17 per cent from £190,100 to £222,700.

At the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, chief executive Jim Mackey saw his salary increase by nine per cent between 2010 and 2013 - this figure excluded contributions towards his pension.

And at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, chief executive Sir Len Fenwick saw his salary increase by six per cent from £235,000 to £250,000 Glenn Turp, regional director for the RCN, said: : “A one per cent pay increase (for nurses) is a perfectly reasonable and proportionate request, particularly when put in the context of the rises in senior managers’ pay.

"The Government needs to stop having one rule for the front line nursing staff, and another for senior bosses. A full time mid-band three healthcare assistant earned £17,618 in 2012/13, but this is actually less than the pay rises awarded by some of our NHS trust bosses, between 2010 and 2013.”

A spokeswoman for the Newcastle Hospitals Trust said Sir Len Fenwick was paid £246,000 per annum and his salary had not increased in the last three years.

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8:38am Mon 3 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

£X£CUTIV£s . . . . what did you expect. These people seem to be the biggest threat to any business and the most draining on their wage bill. Here's an idea : Get rid of everyone with Executive in their title and watch for the huge cost savings and improvements in productivity. They are just another grasping underclass.
£X£CUTIV£s . . . . what did you expect. These people seem to be the biggest threat to any business and the most draining on their wage bill. Here's an idea : Get rid of everyone with Executive in their title and watch for the huge cost savings and improvements in productivity. They are just another grasping underclass. Spy Boy

8:39am Mon 3 Feb 14

pandorica says...

Always the case, thou pay rises for front line medical staff are normally set by the government and not locally within the hospital. Still, when the economy is the way it is, surely instead of hospital bigwigs taking massive pay rises you would of thought their main priority would be patient care? Lead by example.
Always the case, thou pay rises for front line medical staff are normally set by the government and not locally within the hospital. Still, when the economy is the way it is, surely instead of hospital bigwigs taking massive pay rises you would of thought their main priority would be patient care? Lead by example. pandorica

10:57am Mon 3 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Nobody working in the public sector should EVER be paid more than £100K no matter what the job is. And nobody should be paid LESS than 15% of the maximum. If "Executives" want more - go and work in the private sector. Problem? They wouldn't survive for more than 5 minutes.
Nobody working in the public sector should EVER be paid more than £100K no matter what the job is. And nobody should be paid LESS than 15% of the maximum. If "Executives" want more - go and work in the private sector. Problem? They wouldn't survive for more than 5 minutes. David Lacey

12:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Colcat says...

These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment!

Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! )
These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment! Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! ) Colcat

12:56pm Mon 3 Feb 14

darloboss says...

Colcat wrote:
These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment!

Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! )
you need help
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment! Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! )[/p][/quote]you need help darloboss

1:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

John Durham says...

And some people complain that executives like these might be asked to pay slightly more tax!
And some people complain that executives like these might be asked to pay slightly more tax! John Durham

3:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Colcat says...

darloboss wrote:
Colcat wrote:
These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment!

Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! )
you need help
Is it ironic that you are one of the commentators that I was satirising.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: These so called nurses should just feel lucky that they have a job at all, and should actually be asking for pay cuts so that the extra money is available to be spent on the care of their patients, or don't they care about that! ?! If they are doing their job for the right reason, that is because they CARE then they would just shut up or LEAVE and do another job where they can't skive all day like they obviously do at the moment! Sorry, I don't know what came over me. I was confusing my opinions, which are the opposite of what I just wrote, with certain other commentators on here (we all know who you are! )[/p][/quote]you need help[/p][/quote]Is it ironic that you are one of the commentators that I was satirising. Colcat

3:33pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sineater says...

My brain hurts !!! David Lacey talking like a socialist !! , have I landed in a parralell universe.
My brain hurts !!! David Lacey talking like a socialist !! , have I landed in a parralell universe. sineater

4:02pm Mon 3 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Might be a parallel universe Loopy. There's no such word as parralell. But obviously you haven't realised that my politics are to the left of Labour AND to the right of the Tories, depending on the issue at stake. That is why I support higher benefits for workers made redundant through no fault of their own. And reduced (zero actually) benefits for those who have NEVER worked but are capable of doing so. It's why I think that carers don't get enough, but those who pretend to be sick should be stripped of all support. Carrots and sticks. They work for donkeys and would work for humans if we had the guts to apply them..
Might be a parallel universe Loopy. There's no such word as parralell. But obviously you haven't realised that my politics are to the left of Labour AND to the right of the Tories, depending on the issue at stake. That is why I support higher benefits for workers made redundant through no fault of their own. And reduced (zero actually) benefits for those who have NEVER worked but are capable of doing so. It's why I think that carers don't get enough, but those who pretend to be sick should be stripped of all support. Carrots and sticks. They work for donkeys and would work for humans if we had the guts to apply them.. David Lacey

4:12pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sineater says...

What have you done with the real David Lacey,release him or I will call the cops,or is it really you ,and you've forgotten your meds again !!! More benefits when people have been made redundant,nicking labour policies now ! in that case every time the tories are in power, there would be a fortune to pay out..
What have you done with the real David Lacey,release him or I will call the cops,or is it really you ,and you've forgotten your meds again !!! More benefits when people have been made redundant,nicking labour policies now ! in that case every time the tories are in power, there would be a fortune to pay out.. sineater

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