Senior managers at the Hospital Authority have been given pay rises of up to 6 per cent. The increases, which had the consent of the authority's board, follow the financial slowdown and several medical blunders that some people blamed on this group. The authority's chief executive, Shane Solomon, received HK$4.4 million between March 2008 and March last year, an increase of 4.6 per cent when compared with the previous 12 months. Group services director Dr Cheung Wai-lun received HK$3.9 million, a 5.8 per cent increase. New Territories East group chief Dr Fung Hong had a six per cent pay rise, to HK$3.9 million. The move was criticised by some. The president of the Public Doctors' Association, Dr Ho Pak-leung, said a salary increase should only be given when performance was good. 'There were a lot of medical problems in the past two to three years that were the result of mismanagement,' he said. Senior authority staff, however, will see their salary cut by 5.38 per cent in the coming months following the civil service pay cut. The authority declined to comment.