Health bosses pocketing ‘film star’ wages

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PROTECT NHS jobs and services rather than paying ‘film star salaries’.

That’s the view of Patricia Ferguson MSP after new figures revealed 937 executives and staff in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are receiving more than £100,000 a year.

The figures come just weeks after Springburn Health Centre lost half its staff and nearly 2,000 nurses were cut from the NHS.

Ms Ferguson claims the figures show the SNP has broken its promise to cut high earners pay and is now calling on the Scottish Government to focus resources on the frontline.

The Maryhill and Springburn MSP said: “The SNP promised to ‘protect the NHS budget in Scotland’. Yet they are cutting the NHS budget by £319million in real terms and have allowed the NHS to haemorrage almost 4,000 staff, with frontline nurses being forced to bear the brunt of the cuts.

“And here in Springburn, patients are being told to expect to wait up to two weeks for an appointment due to staffing cuts.

“When times are tough and budgets stretched, we must focus resources on the frontline so that we can protect jobs and patient care here in the communities of Maryhill and Springburn.

“Despite all their promises, the SNP are simply not doing that.”

However, MSP Bob Doris (SNP) says his party will increase the NHS’s share of the Scottish budget from just over 34 per cent in 2010/11 to almost 35 per cent in 2013/14.

The Glasgow MSP said: “This extra investment is being targeted on frontline health services, with emphasis on shorter waiting times, faster cancer diagnosis and treatment and more flexible access to primary care.

“Labour refused to promise any increases at the election this year – one of the many reasons the electorate chose not to place their trust in Labour. In reality the SNP is protecting the NHS budget in real terms and Labour would have slashed it.”

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The number of individuals earning more than £100,000 per year represents 2.5 per cent of our total workforce, the majority of which are senior consultants and dental specialists.”