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Bumper salaries for NHS execs fuel fears over fate of Boris Johnson’s social care cash

Downing Street hit out at studies that the well being service was hiring dozens of senior managers on salaries of as much as £270,000

Boris Johnson unveiled new plans to hike National Insurance to pay for NHS and social care

NHS trusts promoting six-figure salaries for executives have been warned voters count on “every penny” of tax rises to be spent on chopping ready lists and social care.

Downing Street hit out on Thursday after studies that the well being service was hiring dozens of senior managers on salaries of as much as £270,000.

It got here because the Government unveiled a manifesto-breaking hike in National Insurance to clear the ready listing backlog and to fund social care reforms.

Boris Johnson noticed off a possible Tory revolt on Wednesday over the plan, which can increase £12 billion further a year for the NHS and grownup social care.

Under the plans introduced by the Prime Minister the NHS will get the majority of the £36 billion raised within the first three years, with £5.4 billion for social care in England.








Concerns have been raised over how a lot cash will go to social care from Boris Johnson’s tax hikes
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That steadiness is anticipated to tip in the direction of social care in subsequent years because the £86,000 cap on prices launched from October 2023 begins to require funding.

But MPs and specialists have raised considerations concerning the large tax burden on working folks, and that little could be left obtainable for social care in three years time.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported that chief executives of the 42 new built-in care programs across the nation can be paid a median of £223,261 – with some set to rake in round £270,000-a-year.

The PM’s spokesman informed reporters on Thursday: “The public will rightly expect every penny raised by the levy to be spent on cutting Covid waiting times and finally fixing the care crisis.

“NHS England is already working to be extra environment friendly and minimize waste, for instance to chop the quantity of commissioning organisations down from 211 to get replaced by 42 built-in care providers.

“This significantly reduces the number of chief executives.”





But No10 additionally burdened that the NHS should be capable of recruit top of the range candidates to run the Covid-ravaged service.

“These individuals will be responsible for a population of around a million people with billion pound budgets, and so we want highly qualified people who can deliver for the public,” he added.

Meanwhile, Care Minister Helen Whately stated the Government can be conserving a “really close eye” on how further funding might be spent.

She stated: “People working in the NHS in those kinds of roles are taking on a lot of responsibility, they’re big jobs, and they’re moving from having more senior managers in the NHS to fewer through doing this, the NHS reckons that it needs to have that level of pay to have the right people in those jobs.

“But I do suppose the Government retains a very shut eye on ensuring that NHS money is spent rigorously and appropriately as a result of we would like as a lot of the funding as attainable to go to the entrance line.”

Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, said: “I’m dissatisfied that the overwhelming majority of the money that is been allotted appears to be going to the NHS first, leaving social care with little or no.”

He added: “I’m nervous sooner or later, will it ever truly come to social care?

“Because we’re talking three years down the road and we might have an election at that time, so it’s very concerning.”

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