To save £1m, a trust would have to reduce its total number of nurses by 25, according to the influential King’s Fund thinktank – or as few as FIVE of the 1,400 NHS Trust directors surveyed by pay analysts [Image: Universal Images Group/Getty Images].

Could anything else show how badly our public services are run under the Conservative Government, as clearly as this?

First, we’re told:

Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the NHS from an acute funding crisis, leaving nurses and other frontline medical workers at risk of the sack.

NHS regulators have taken the controversial decision despite intense concern among hospital bosses and health unions that reducing staff will hit quality of care, patient safety and staff morale, while increasing waiting times.

Source: Hospitals told to cut staff amid spiralling NHS cash crisis | Society | The Guardian

The revelation prompted this tweet from David Schneider: “‘To avoid another Mid Staffs we must increase staffing levels which is why we’re now cutting staffing levels'” – which is pretty much the only conclusion to draw…

… until you read the following:

Almost eight out of 10 of the most senior NHS managers earn over £100,000, with almost a quarter on more than £142,500, figures show.

Overall, 23.6% of hospital trust non-medical executive directors in the UK earned more than £142,500 in 2015, compared to 21.8% in the previous year.

There were some top earners – with 3.5% earning more than £200,000 a year.

Some 5.6% also earned between £175,000 and £200,000, while 14.5% earned between £142,600 and £175,000.

The pay study found that, overall, there has been a slight rise in the number of non-medical directors at NHS trusts earning over £100,000.

Source: Most senior NHS managers now earn more than £100K – and that doesn’t include their bonus – Mirror Online

Now you know where your money is going – and why the number of medical staff is being trimmed down.

But you know what really cuts like a scalpel?

It’s the suspicion that the NHS doesn’t need any of these bigwig ‘directors’ at all.

Why not sack them and hire a few accountants instead?

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