Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4 billion of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs. More than 950 health workers received six-figure exit deals last year, up from 620 in 2011 - 2012.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the figures show the "colossal waste of money" the Coalition government's NHS re-organisation has cost the country.
At a time when the NHS needs every penny it can get, we have a Prime Minister handing out gold-plated, six-figure pay-offs to thousands of managers and P45s to thousands of nurses.
Billions have been siphoned out of the NHS front-line to pay for an unnecessary re-organisation no-one voted for and David Cameron personally promised would not happen. It is a colossal waste of money.
– Health Secretary Andy Burnham
The money he has wasted on pay-outs for managers could instead have prevented the thousands of nurse redundancies we have seen on this Prime Minister's watch. It will be galling for any nurses who have lost their jobs to see the sickening scale of these pay-outs.