- Strategic health authority managers have pension pots between £1.2m and £2.6m
- Average private sector worker would have to work 1,720 years to accrue same amount
NHS fat cats are enjoying pension pots worth more than £2.5million, and some chief executives will retire on annual payouts of up to £110,000.
While final salary pension schemes have all but disappeared in the private sector, it is those employees who will end up footing the health service pension bill through their taxes.
Details of the gold-plated pensions come after evidence of lucrative payments to health service managers, even though the whole system is under severe financial strain.
It emerged last month that the bonuses of senior executives at the Department of Health had doubled in five years. Some received £27,500 on top of their six-figure salaries.
And around 1,600 managers of hospitals and health trusts are now earning in excess of £150,000 a year, more than the Prime Minister’s salary of £142,500.
Yet many hospitals are being forced to axe doctors, nurses and midwives to save money, and there are concerns that the cuts are having an effect on patient care.
The average NHS worker retires with a pension of just £7,000.
Figures reveal that the chief executives of the ten strategic health authorities in England have gold-plated final salary pension pots of between £1.2million and just under £2.6million.
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Charlotte Linacre, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s utterly scandalous that NHS bosses can make an absolute fortune and dump the bill on to future generations of taxpayers.
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