Our research demonstrates the sheer scale of NHS dentists' salaries in the United Kingdom, revealing that despite 'austerity' across the public sector and constant calls for more NHS spending, an elite are still enjoying very comfortable lives at the expense of the taxpayer.
- 1,794 NHS dentists took home more than £100,000 in salary in 2013
- 1,617 earned between £100,000 and £199,999, 131 earned between £200,000 and £300,000, 30 between £300,000 and £399,999 and 11 between £400,000 and £499,999
- 5 dentists earned in excess of £500,000, with an average salary of £690,572
- Even at the very lowest estimate, at least 177 dentists earned more than the Prime Minister, and that is almost certainly an underestimate
- Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, is on a £189,000 salary
Commenting on the research, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"Amid the endless calls for more public spending and the context of a pay freeze, these salaries show a shameless public sector elite taking taxpayers for a ride. It is outrageous that these telephone-number salaries have been hidden from the people who pay them for so long, especially when rank and file workers are feeling the effects of necessary savings. Taxpayers expect the money they put into the NHS to be spent on patients, not on pumped-up pay packets."