One-off payments rewarded ‘excellence’
CIVIL servants in the Department of Health got thousands in bonuses while frontline NHS staff had their pay capped, we can reveal.
Some 36 senior staff got £381,664 last year — an average of £10,000 each — for “excellence”.
Another 410 workers in the Whitehall department shared £396,868 — just under £1,000 each.
The sums relate to performance in 2015 and come as NHS staff were hit by a 1 per cent public sector pay restriction.
Health Minister Philip Dunne said the performance related pay is to “incentivise” staff for “delivering high quality public services and savings to the taxpayer”.
It comes as figures also reveal 361 non-medical directors earn more than the Prime Minister, who earns £142,500.
Labour’s health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth blasted: “At a time when money in the NHS is tighter than ever, patients will want to see that every possible penny is being used to deliver the best possible quality of healthcare.
“Ministers need to make clear what they’re doing to protect the best interests of patients.”