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The number of health bureaucrats in Whitehall earning more than the Prime Minister has hit three figures, just as patients face the threat of NHS rationing.
Figures released by the Government show that 100 officials now take home more than Theresa May's £150,402 – a total which has more than doubled in just four years.
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The revelation comes after NHS England, the quango which runs the health service, announced it would have to limit access to operations and prescription medicines, citing a shortage of money.
It said it would consider longer waits for surgery and clamp down on prescriptions for over-the-counter remedies for coughs, migraines and heartburn, as well as restricting the use of breakthrough medicines for heart disease and arthritis.
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The Cabinet Office data shows that, despite the claims of a cash shortage, health bodies account for almost a quarter of the 442 officials who earn more than Mrs May.
In 2017 there were 100 staff on more than £150,000 in quangos overseen by the Department of Health – up from 93 the previous year and just 48 in 2013.
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Six of the people on the list earned more than £200,000.
John O'Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: 'Amid the endless calls for more public spending, the pay of top bureaucrats has been soaring.
People - Money - Frontline - Services - Salaries
People expect their money to be spent fairly and focused on frontline services, not on higher salaries for managers.
'Taxpayers don't resent paying for top talent to improve services, but pay should be related to performance and high salaries should not be...
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