Health chief defends high staff salaries

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The health chief of a cash-strapped primary care trust has defended the high salaries paid out to several top employees.

Andrew Pike, the chief executive of NHS South West Essex, has assured the public drastic action is being taken to save money in light of the trust’s £52million deficit.

He said pay had now been frozen in light of the economic climate.

He was speaking after the Echo revealed yesterday several executives and directors at the trust earned more than £100,000 last year and some were awarded hefty pay rises.

Staff lower down the chain, who are facing redundancies after the trust announced at least 224 job cuts are looming, slated the high salary bands.

Unison regional leader Nick Bradley also labelled them “too excessive.”

However, Mr Pike said experienced staff were needed. He said: “Senior staff bring with them expertise and knowledge and have direct accountability for the performance of the organisation and the care of our patients.

“However, I totally understand the concern among staff about high levels of pay at such a difficult time.”

He confirmed the trust paid a consultancy firm £145,000 over a six month period to fill a managing director’s post. He added: “The primary care trust has a contract with a consultancy to provide management support for the post of managing director of NHS South West Essex Community Services.

“As reported in the annual report 2009/10, the primary care trust paid this consultancy £145,000 between September 2009 and March 2010.

“The contract with the consultancy is for a defined period of time, which comes to a close no later than March 31, 2011, with the completion of transforming community services.”

Mr Pike said the post, which is now held by Dr Attila Vegh, was necessary.

“The complexity, scope and pace of this task has been significant,” he said.

“NHS South West Essex will be one of the first primary care trusts in the country to move its community services to a new separate organisation by next spring.

“This has meant it needed to bring in additional management support to achieve this.”

He also defended trust chairman Derek Morrison receiving a salary of £35,000 to £40,000 for a part time post, saying this was in line with other trusts and was set nationally.

As for pay rises he stressed: “No director at NHS South West Essex received a 10 per cent pay rise that year. In 2009/10, there was a one per cent pay award for senior managers set by the NHS. As a result this may have moved staff from one salary band to another.”

He added: “NHS South West Essex now shares a chief executive with NHS South East Essex – halving the costs associated with this post.

“We also share the post of Director of Public Health.

“All pay has been frozen for all directors this year in line with the rest of the NHS.”

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12:32pm Fri 29 Oct 10

westcliff willi says...

giss a job mista £100000 2 talk cr4p shuold doo it.
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However, Mr Pike said experienced staff were needed. He said: “Senior staff bring with them expertise and knowledge and have direct accountability for the performance of the organisation and the care of our patients.
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remember this quote "direct accountability" next time there is a f+*k up that leads to a patients death.
giss a job mista £100000 2 talk cr4p shuold doo it. . However, Mr Pike said experienced staff were needed. He said: “Senior staff bring with them expertise and knowledge and have direct accountability for the performance of the organisation and the care of our patients. . remember this quote "direct accountability" next time there is a f+*k up that leads to a patients death. westcliff willi
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12:34pm Fri 29 Oct 10

jsmith1 says...

It's reassuring to know that Jackie Brown, director of finance earns £105,000 to £110,000 for balancing the books... oops didn't read the bit about the trust having a deficit of £52million!
It's reassuring to know that Jackie Brown, director of finance earns £105,000 to £110,000 for balancing the books... oops didn't read the bit about the trust having a deficit of £52million! jsmith1
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12:46pm Fri 29 Oct 10

jsmith1 says...

Too many chiefs...

Andrew Pike, the chief executive of NHS South West Essex...

£145,000 over a six month period to fill a managing director’s post
Mr Pike said the post, which is now held by Dr Attila Vegh, was necessary.

He also defended trust chairman Derek Morrison receiving a salary of £35,000 to £40,000 for a part time post

NHS South West Essex now shares a chief executive with NHS South East Essex

We also share the post of Director of Public Health.

Why not have one CEO, get rid of the above and be done with it...
Too many chiefs... Andrew Pike, the chief executive of NHS South West Essex... £145,000 over a six month period to fill a managing director’s post Mr Pike said the post, which is now held by Dr Attila Vegh, was necessary. He also defended trust chairman Derek Morrison receiving a salary of £35,000 to £40,000 for a part time post NHS South West Essex now shares a chief executive with NHS South East Essex We also share the post of Director of Public Health. Why not have one CEO, get rid of the above and be done with it... jsmith1
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12:46pm Fri 29 Oct 10

perini says...

You can guarantee their salaries get paid before anything else does - interesting comment above about accountability! Let's see how it stands up under scrutinity! WE can only assume that Mr Pike will 'fall on his scalpel' when proved incompetancy happens.
You can guarantee their salaries get paid before anything else does - interesting comment above about accountability! Let's see how it stands up under scrutinity! WE can only assume that Mr Pike will 'fall on his scalpel' when proved incompetancy happens. perini
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1:47pm Fri 29 Oct 10

Seasider90 says...

Get some foreign hospital managers in. They'll do the job for half price. I mean most of the workers are foreign so why not cut costs and get in foreign managers. We then save money that can go on CARE and EQUIPMENT. These overpaid managers bring nothing to the table - get rid.
Get some foreign hospital managers in. They'll do the job for half price. I mean most of the workers are foreign so why not cut costs and get in foreign managers. We then save money that can go on CARE and EQUIPMENT. These overpaid managers bring nothing to the table - get rid. Seasider90
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3:02pm Fri 29 Oct 10

Ironman says...

These are the A***holes that tried to deny my Mother NHS funding after a severe stroke. Something about she was 'not sick enough'. She lasted a whole 7 months. Sounded pretty sick to me.
They sit there, in their ivory towers trying to browbeat the public into accepting that they have no rights, even when previous court judgements prove otherwise.
They can all go and 'do one', for all I care!
These are the A***holes that tried to deny my Mother NHS funding after a severe stroke. Something about she was 'not sick enough'. She lasted a whole 7 months. Sounded pretty sick to me. They sit there, in their ivory towers trying to browbeat the public into accepting that they have no rights, even when previous court judgements prove otherwise. They can all go and 'do one', for all I care! Ironman
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6:58pm Fri 29 Oct 10

jolllyboy says...

I get fed up with them saying that they have to pay high wages to get the best. If each NHS trust says this and does this- it equates to nobody having the best because they are all in it tog. What happened to doing a job you want, in the area you want. It is a circle and the losers are the tax payers.
I get fed up with them saying that they have to pay high wages to get the best. If each NHS trust says this and does this- it equates to nobody having the best because they are all in it tog. What happened to doing a job you want, in the area you want. It is a circle and the losers are the tax payers. jolllyboy
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7:30pm Fri 29 Oct 10

whataday says...

I'm glad to see Andrew Pike says senior
staff have direct accountability for the performance of the organisation.
He stated/stressed: “No director at NHS South West Essex received a 10 per cent pay rise that year. In 2009/10, there was a one per cent pay award for senior managers set by the NHS. As a result this may have moved staff from one salary band to another.”

I would like to point out that under Agenda for Change (the framework for working out all NHS staff pay) each job is awarded a pay band (not individual employees) When you reach the top of the pay scale in that band that is where your pay stays even if you do the same job for 20 years. The only way you get a higher pay band is to change to a job which is banded higher. So when he says they were awarded a 1% pay rise this should NOT have moved them from one salary band to another.
So who is going to be held accountable for awarding extra money by moving senior managers from one pay band to another without changing roles? Also Mr. Pike as Chief Executive you hold accountability for the whole organisation so there should be a big saving when you and the person/s responsible for this are held to accountability.
I'm glad to see Andrew Pike says senior staff have direct accountability for the performance of the organisation. He stated/stressed: “No director at NHS South West Essex received a 10 per cent pay rise that year. In 2009/10, there was a one per cent pay award for senior managers set by the NHS. As a result this may have moved staff from one salary band to another.” I would like to point out that under Agenda for Change (the framework for working out all NHS staff pay) each job is awarded a pay band (not individual employees) When you reach the top of the pay scale in that band that is where your pay stays even if you do the same job for 20 years. The only way you get a higher pay band is to change to a job which is banded higher. So when he says they were awarded a 1% pay rise this should NOT have moved them from one salary band to another. So who is going to be held accountable for awarding extra money by moving senior managers from one pay band to another without changing roles? Also Mr. Pike as Chief Executive you hold accountability for the whole organisation so there should be a big saving when you and the person/s responsible for this are held to accountability. whataday
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