A health commentator has suggested criticism of the wages earned by top NHS professionals is over-exaggerated.
Roy Lilley spoke to talkRADIO about a story published by The Daily Telegraph which claimed more than 600 NHS quango chiefs earn six-figure salaries, despite the health service enduring one of the worst financial crises in its history.
Lilley, a former NHS Trust chairman, said there is some context to the figures as a lot of those cited in the report are medics, and some officials, like Simon Stevens, have huge responsibilities and cannot be called fat cats.
He added: “The front line [of the NHS] have had a pay freeze since 2010. There are very tight pay scales, they’re more than public."
However Lilley did say "you have to ask whether these people are worth it given their responsibilities they have."