Ninety NHS officials working for central Government and its quangos earn £150,000 a year or more, the Cabinet Office has revealed.
The best paid were Professor Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, and Frances Gould, a microbiologist with Public Health England. Her salary increased to £239,999 to put her on a par with Sir Mike.
Dr Jonathan Fielden, the NHS England director of specialised commissioning, was next best paid, with a salary of £224,999. Dr Fielden was appointed to the post last year on a salary equal to his previous earnings as medical director at UCLH, the Cabinet Office notes reveal.
He is the most senior official in charge of the controversial plans to reduce the number of hospitals providing congenital heart surgery, which has placed the Royal Brompton hospital at risk.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, earns £209,000. Profesor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS England medical director, gets £194,999 – the same amount as Dr Andy Mitchell, who is standing down as medical director of NHS England’s London region, and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, who took a 10 per cent voluntary pay cut on his appointment.
Dr Anne Rainsberry, chief executive of NHS England (London), earns £165,000. Steve Russell, the former Barking, Havering and Redbridge trust deputy chief executive who heads NHS Improvement in London, receives £174,999. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, earns £189,999.
Seven of the 90 executives earned in excess of £200,000. In addition to the 90 taking home at least £150,000, a further three are paid the equivalent rate but work part time. The total pay bill for the 93 was £15,884,907.
The High Earners list does not take account of the earnings of senior executives at NHS trusts across the country, where most chief executives (and often several senior colleagues) will be paid in the region of £150,000 or more.
Separate information released by the Cabinet Office reveals that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has three special advisors, earning between £66,000 and £75,000.