THE UK’s highest-paid hospital consultant raked in £511,000 in NHS cash last year.
Another earned £504,000, and a third £449,000.
The NHS Digital data shows all three were men.
The top-paid female consultant got £355,000, and the two next best £291,000 and £288,000. Campaigners queried whether the sums were value for money when public finances have been stretched by the pandemic.
Danielle Boxall, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s shocking that taxpayers are footing the bill for comfortable consultants’ healthy handouts.
“These premium payouts were obscene before the pandemic, but in the face of a deep recession are now even more untenable to ratepayers.
“Hospital bosses need to work harder to keep down the costs of these overpaid practitioners.”
The figures relate to the financial year which ended in March, and include basic salary as well as any add-ons such as bonuses and overtime.
Payroll data also shows junior medics earn £35,000 annually when they start hospital work.
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But the average consultant makes around £122,000 a year.
A gender pay gap report last year found two in three consultants were men, and that male medics earn 17 per cent more than their female counterparts.
It means women doctors in England take home £1,166 less a month on average.
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