'Off payroll' contracts for NHS bosses on the rise despite promised crackdown

Posted On: 
26th May 2016

The number of “off payroll” rate agreements for hospital bosses on short term contracts has quadrupled in the past year, new figures apparently show.

Jeremy Hunt promised a crackdown on roving NHS bosses last year
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Data seen by the Health Service Journal apparently shows 33 “off payroll arrangements” were agreed in 2015/16, up from eight the previous year.

The figures also show just three requests to enter such deals were rejected over the year, the trade magazine reports.

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The rise is in spite of a promise by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year to clamp down on “excessive and indefensible rates”.

He made the comments after a series of Telegraph investigations showed some NHS executives were earning up to £3,000 a day.

Marcus Powell, director of leadership development at the King’s Fund, said the rise in requests for interim managers was a “huge problem”.

“If you’re having to go to the interim market to recruit really good people, it’s saying that the really good people aren’t staying in the service,” he said.

Last June Mr Hunt said no manager should be able to earn the same "off payroll" for a job someone could be doing permanently.

He added: “I believe the daily rates paid for such appointments amount, on an annual basis, to pay which is excessive and indefensible.”