A new investigation has revealed how many NHS staff in South Tyneside are paid £100,000 or more.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has looked into the levels of salaries paid to the biggest earners in the organisation.
In South Tyneside, the borough’s NHS Foundation Trust has 71 employees in excess of the level, with five non-clinical, while NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commission Group’s count stands at three, all non-clinical.
The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has four, all of whom are non-clinical.
Ian Frame, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s executive director, personnel and development, said: “The figures are not particularly surprising, though the overall number of clinical staff on £100,000-plus looks a little high.
“All clinical staff on such salaries are experienced medical and surgical consultants and senior doctors, something which we think most taxpayers would expect.
“The five non-clinical staff on £100,000-plus are the chief executive and other executive directors and this reflects the market rate for such postholders.
“All salaries of executive directors and other senior managers are published each year in the annual report.”
A spokesman for NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “All staff salaries are set in line with national guidance, and the salaries paid to staff in the CCG are on a par with those paid to others performing similar roles across the North East and Cumbria.”
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ 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 has said that between 1999 and 2008, NHS spending increased in real terms by an average of 6.3% per year.