DoH pays out more than £1.4 million in bonus scheme

DoH civil servants received more than £1.4 million in bonuses over the first three quarters of the 2006/7 financial year, ministers have revealed.

Junior health minister Ivan Lewis revealed in a written response to an MP that the pay-outs had outstripped total bonuses for 2005/6 by £100,000 with three months of the financial year to go.

The increases contrast with a freeze on GMS pay for the second year running, and below-inflation increases for other GPs.

GP leaders have said it would be hypocritical for civil servants to take rises in excess of the meagre rises granted to NHS staff.

Meanwhile, reports claim that Leicester University Hospitals Trust has hired a firm for £30,000 to double check on workers who call in sick.

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