Chief people officer Prerana Issar pockets a salary of up to £235,000, according to NHS England (NHSE) 2019-20 accounts.
The sum is equivalent to the salaries of nine newly qualified nurses or the cost of 20 hip replacement operations.
But incredibly it is also £35,000 more than former NHSE boss Lord Stevens’s pay – and much higher than Boris Johnson’s £157,332 wages.
NHSE boss Lord Stevens, 55, took a 10 percent pay cut over his seven years in charge before leaving in July to be replaced by his deputy Amanda Pritchard.
Ms Issar was head-hunted to become NHSE’s first chief people officer after more than 15 years at consumer goods giant Unilever and six years at the United Nations.
In 2019-20, she was paid more than any other NHS board member, although it is claimed she took “a significant pay cut” to join.
Just months after joining in 2019, Ms Issar said she was “driven” by “a real desire” to reduce inequalities.
She heads up NHSE’s people directorate – with two directors of equality and inclusion reporting to her.