The man in charge of the review of the health service's IT systems is the highest-paid person in the NHS.

The man in charge of the review of the health service's IT systems is the highest-paid person in the NHS.

Richard Granger, chief executive of NHS Connecting for Health, earned£285,000 in 2005-06 - around a third more than the previous chief executive of the entire NHS. Last year Sir Nigel Crisp earned£215,000, according to the figures released by the TaxPayers' Alliance. The organisation, which campaigns for public money to be spent more efficiently, published a list of the top NHS salaries which showed that Monitor chair Bill Moyes earns more than Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker -£200,000 to her£183,370. It shows only civil servant salaries and not those of the highest-paid trust chief executives.

Four people on the NHS list earned more than the prime minister, who takes home£184,000. But no-one from the NHS featured in the top 10 for the entire public sector.

BBC director general Mark Thompson in tenth place earned more than twice as much as Mr Granger and the number one position was filled by Transport for London commissioner Bob Kiley (£1.1m), who stepped down in January. Royal Mail group chief executive Adam Crozier also earned more than£1m.

NHS Confederation chief executive Dr Gill Morgan said: 'The survey reveals that those working on behalf of the NHS often earn less than many in other sectors. It seems difficult to believe that the responsibilities of running the post office are greater than running the NHS.'

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