UKIP’s Health spokesman, Louise Bours is “utterly outraged” by the £1.6bn that has been spent on axing bosses from the NHS in the last four years.
She said: “It makes you wonder if those at the top of the NHS really care about patients at all.
“As a body funded by the public, those running the NHS should not pay more redundancy than the statutory cap.
“These gilt edged redundancy payments have cost £108million more than they should have, that’s enough money to hire over 7,500 extra nurses.
“It is the public who employ the managers and if the government consulted them, they would find we want as much money to go on frontline services as possible, and as little as possible on redundancy packages.
“Who in their right mind wouldn’t opt for the extra nurses, given the choice?
Ms Bours added: “I can’t imagine a hospital porter or a cleaner being given anything over the legal requirement, so why should some executive who doesn’t go anywhere near patients?
“The NHS top brass need to remember who they work for - us.
“It should give the British people the best clinical service possible, free at the point of need. With that in mind, the choice of wasting £108million pounds on golden handshakes or hiring more than 7,500 new nurses is a no-brainer.
“These payoffs are enough to make you literally sick.”