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Anger at pay rises for North West ambulance staff
12:54pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
AMBULANCE chiefs have come under fire after confirming a 20 per cent pay rise for three senior managers.
The Lancashire Telegraph revealed the pay increase in December last year, after which North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) agreed to evaluate whether the move was fair. They said the rises were awarded after the posts of four senior managers were reduced to three, with the remaining managers taking on additional responsibilities.
But Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle reacted angrily as bosses confirmed the pay bandings were ‘correct’. He said: “I am furious about this. It is appalling that taxpayers’ money is being wasted on pushing pay rises through the back door for senior managers.
“This is unacceptable as the public purse is under the cosh at the moment, yet here we are seeing tax-funded roles getting major rises.
“These organisations should be showing restraint like everyone else.
“The people being awarded rises are not people at the bottom of the ladder but those at the top.”
NWAS said it had offered to meet Mr Hoyle to discuss his concerns.
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