£1,750 – the daily cost of hospitals trust chief
Last updated at 11:40, Thursday, 05 July 2012
THE boss of West Cumberland Hospital is said to be on a DAILY rate of £1,750 – making him the second most expensive interim executive in the NHS.
The Health Service Journal has featured the top 10 most expensive interim executives.
It names Neil Goodwin, interim chief executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust – which runs the Whitehaven hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle – as second highest.
Above him is Mark Davies, on a daily rate of £2,000, who was the interim chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare, London.
The Whitehaven News exclusively revealed last year that Dr Goodwin was paid £129,000 for his first five months in post following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The interim chief executive joined the Trust in June last year and is scheduled to leave this September.
The Trust is being taken over by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust as a result of long-running financial problems.
Dr Goodwin was brought in to sort out the finances, increase efficiency and support the Trust through the takeover process.
He told the Health Service Journal this was his first and only interim management role he had done through his consultancy company GoodwinHannah.
The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust did not wish to comment further.
Kevin Young, regional organiser for the GMB union, said this week: “Dr Goodwin gets paid in one day what most of my members earn in a month.
“Dr Goodwin’s salary is absolutely disgusting in a time when most of my members have been subject to austerity measures to control the financial crisis that was not of their making. Their chief executive is basically rubbing their noses into the dirt which they did not make.”
The information on the health service’s highest paid interim executives was revealed as part of a Treasury review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees. There is no suggestion that any of them were attempting to avoid tax.
First published at 11:13, Thursday, 05 July 2012
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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I say again......how can the Trust Board agree to this amount of money being paid to anyone, when the hospital can't afford to pay it's staff for the work they are doing. Most staff are working above and beyond their contract of employment for no extra pay, yet certain managers are having their job titles hiked-up so it looks good for the take-over of northumbria. The new management should take a look at anyone who has had their job title/grade increased in the last 6-9months and start clearing out the debris from the findings!
Low paid staff at the CIC are being made to feel threatened to do work which isn't in their contracts and are not being paid for, while the managers doing the asking are having their job titles ranked up to make them look like super-execs to stand them in a "better position" for the Take-Over. The bottom line is, the managers can't do the job they are supposedley managing and haven't even shown an interest in other depts they are supposed to be managing. When and who are they going to be accountable to?
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