More than 170 NHS clinical staff in Sunderland are paid £100,000 or more, an investigation has revealed.
The probe by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has looked into the levels of salaries paid to the biggest earners in the organisation.
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has 179 employees, eight non-clinical, who are paid at that level or more, while the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group has one, who is not in a clinical role.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has 98, with 11 of those non-clinical, while County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has 255 employees who earn the amount or more, with five non-clinical and The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has four, all of whom are non-clinical.
A spokesman for NHS Sunderland CCG, said: “Staff at the CCG are paid according to national pay frameworks, and salaries are comparable with the amounts paid by other NHS commissioning organisations.”
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the alliance, said: “No one begrudges paying doctors and nurses well for the tough jobs that they do, but it’s galling to see bosses at failing hospitals continuing to rake in the cash.
“It’s an insult to taxpayers, but it’s even worse for the patients who have suffered because of mismanagement, and worse.”
The alliance says that between 1999 and 2008, NHS spending increased in real terms by an average of 6.3% per year, with budget increases now unfeasible, while pay will need to be restrained and productivity needed to rise.