Ten senior NHS managers received pay rises during the reorganisation of the health service, despite them switching to an identical or similar role.

The “revolving doors” scandal was uncovered by Labour MPs during a series of parliamentary questions, giving further credence to their argument that the reorganisation of the NHS has been a wasteful and time-consuming exercise.

One manager received a £70,000 pay rise when moving from the Department of Health (DoH) to the new quango, Public Health England (PHE).

Jo-Anne Wass, another NHS manager, saw her salary increase by at least £15,000 after her contract was switched from the Department of Health to Public Health England, even though her role remained the same.

She also received an exit package worth more than £300,000 when leaving the Department of Health, only to be immediately re-employed by Public Health England.

In total, 3,950 NHS managers were awarded redundancy payments during the reorganisation last year, despite never leaving the health service.

Of these, 2,300 NHS managers received six figure exit packages.

Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary, said: “Nurses and midwives who have been told that they will not receive even a 1 per cent pay increase this year will find these revelations utterly galling.”

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