NHS boss earns £260,000 a year

The chief executive of the NHS has the second highest salary in the public sector, a list of top earning public sector staff reveals.

Nicholson is the NHS top earner (Photograph: Julian Dodd)
Nicholson is the NHS top earner (Photograph: Julian Dodd)

The list of 171 public workers earning more than £150,000 places David Nicholson, who earns up to £259,999, in second place, just behind top earner John Fingleton, chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading.

Ten other DoH workers were also in the list, including Sir Liam Donaldson, former chief medical officer (up to £209,999), Christine Connelly, chief information officer (£204,999), Gabriel Scally, regional director of public health (£204,999), David Salisbury, director of immunisation (£179,999) and Sir Hugh Taylor, permanent secretary (£159,999).

This is the first time a comprehensive list of the public sector workers earning more than £50,000 has been released.

The government also revealed plans to set up a Public Sector Transparency Board to over see its transparency agenda.

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