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Boss of NHS trust in special measures was UK's highest paid chief executive

The boss of an NHS trust recently placed into special measures was the highest paid chief executive in the country last year with a salary of up to £280,000.

Peter Morris stepped down as chief executive of Barts Health NHS Trust in February. The trust, which is the largest in the country, was put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission after it was deemed to have not given "sufficient priority to safety".

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Research by pay analysts E-reward.co.uk found that its chief executive received a salary of between £275,000 and £280,000 over the year to March 2014.

Its report also found that more than three-quarters of NHS hospital trust directors now earn more than £100,000, with one in five paid more than £142,500.

Amongst chief executives it said there was a "wide range in rates", with Barts being followed by three other large trusts - University College London Hospital (£260,000 to £265,000), Cambridge University (£260,000 to £265,000), and Guy's and St Thomas', which gave an actual rate of £253,000.

This is another example of NHS executives getting their priorities wrong.

The health service needs good managers, but sums like this going to bosses when nurses have faced the reality of cut backs for years just adds insult to injury. Many staff will be wondering if their vital work is valued at all. It is time precious NHS resources went where they are needed - to front line services which are under staffed and under pressure.

– Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing