SALFORD FAT CATS PART FIVE
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Austerity and public sector cutbacks haven't stopped some Chief Execs, Directors and top earners lapping up the cream of public money. In Part Five we look at those doing rather nicely out of the health service…
SALFORD ROYAL NHS TRUST
Also known as Hope Hospital, the Royal is getting hammered this year with £18million in cuts. But for its Execs and Directors it's ££££s all the way!
While Chief Exec David Dalton had to make do with a static wage of between £220-225,000 plus a car allowance of £7,400, the hospital's Director of Finance, Tony Whitfield - who presumably wields the financial axe - got a substantial pay rise, jumping from band £145-150,000 in the year 2010-11, to a wage between £150-155,000 in the year to March 2012. He also got a £6,800 car allowance.
The Director of Development and Corporate Affairs, David Wood, also got a pay hike, jumping from a basic wage between £120-125,000 to a basic between £125-130,000 plus his car allowance of £5,600.
The Royal's Executive Medical Director, Chris Brookes, trousered what looks like a pay rise of over £20,000 – with his package rising from £95-100,000 plus £70-75,000 `other salary', to £130-135,000 plus £50-55,000 `other salary'. On the lowest rates of the bands this would be a £25,000 increase!
This is all very strange because the accounts for 2011-12 state quite `clearly' that "The Nominations, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee…re-stated its earlier position to apply a 0% increase to the basic salaries of Executive Directors for 2011/12 and to freeze salaries at their existing level for a further year ending March 2013"
However the accounts also add that "Performance-related payments, recurrent and non-recurrent, were awarded to Executive Directors and to Senior Managers, in accordance with schemes previously approved by the Committee." So that's alright then.
Altogether, six directors/executives of the hospital got paid over £125,000 and the salaries and allowances above do not include employers' pension contributions for Directors, which totalled another £117,000.
The Non Executive Directors continued to cash in too, with Hospital Board Chair, James Potter, pocketing between £45-50,000, and `retired' Salford Council Chief Exec, James Willis, who's now Board Vice Chair, getting between £15-20,000.
Four other Non Execs pocketed between £10-15,000 each on top of their day job pay. These included Hazel Blears' husband, Mike Halsall, who's also head of legal at Stockport Council, and our old `friend', Anne Williams…
…Anne, avid Star readers will recall, was Salford Council's Strategic Director for Community Health and Social Care when she ripped up the Salford Star's application for community committee funding and began the `dickhead files'.
Now, after a few years as National Director for Learning Disabilities at the Department of Health, Anne's got a new position to go with her Non Exec Director hospital role - as a Non Exec Director of HC-One, which runs a string of national privately run, profit making specialist residential homes for people with dementia and such. In Salford, HC-One runs Pendleton Court and Worsley Lodge homes.
A few years ago, Anne was also quoted in Public Finance e-magazine, admitting that councils had been increasing charges and getting some of the most vulnerable people in society to pay for their own care… "Even in very deprived areas" she said "we can still take money from people's disability allowances…" Nice.
Distinct from Salford Royal Hospital, there's also NHS Salford (aka the Primary Care Trust, or PCT), now part of Greater Manchester NHS, which is overseeing changes to health care that will see GPs with more power and some roles going to Salford Council. It's all very complicated but people will be pleased to know that the Fat Cats still prosper.
Finding out exactly how much they are prospering is incredibly hard because the accounts figures are all over the place. For instance, the highest paid employee is Chief Executive Mike Burrows, with his Greater Manchester PCT Cluster Board remuneration down as between £135-140,000. But this isn't for a full financial year, running only 3rd May 2011 to 31st March 2012. The real figure was £145-150, with, we believe, another three Execs earning over £100,000.
On the NHS Salford Locality Board sit six Non Executive Directors getting up to £5000 each, although it could be more as the accounts don't make it clear. These Non Execs include people who really need the wads, like Peel Holdings' MediaCityUK bloke Paul Newman, The Lowry's Julia Fawcett (already on between £170-180,000 – see Fat Cats Part 2) and ex Salford Council Communities Assistant Director Brian Wroe.
But the proper cream is to be had at the Greater Manchester PCT Board where eight Non Exec Directors licked up between £30-45,000 in 2011-12. These include Paul Horrocks ex editor of the Manchester Evening News, and Mike Greenwood. This will be the same Mike Greenwood who's also a Non Exec Director of Urban Vision, featured in a previous Fat Cats episode (Part 3) for cashing in share options and trousering an `emolument' of £20,000 last year. Health and Highways. Same thing really…
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Obscene salaries already covered recently in Salford Star for World Mental Health Day (see here) – but it deserves to be re-run in our Fat Cats Health Special…
Seven, very part time, Non Executive Directors shared well over £100,000 between them, according to the Trust's last published accounts for 2010-11. Its Chair, Alan Maden, received a salary in the band £40-45,000, three other Non Execs (M Chapman, Prof K Luker and B Slater) pocketed between £15-20,000; while a further three (J Bashford, T McDonnell and M Cowen) received between £10-15,000.
Meanwhile, the Trust's Chief Executive, Bev Humphrey, got a salary in the range of £135-140,000 plus £3,300 worth of leased car as a `benefit in kind'. And Medical Director, S Colgan got two lots of payments – a salary in the range of £95-100,00 plus `other remuneration' worth between £95-100,000, giving the Director just shy of £200,000.
Three Trust Directors (A Maloney, J Peers and N Thwaite) earned between £95-100,000, with a leased car as a `benefit in kind' ranging from £700 to £1,500. And Director of HR and Governance, A Maloney, got a huge pay rise of £30,000 from the previous year. Why is it always the Finance and HR people who get the biggest pay hikes? We know the answer, don't worry…it's something to do with an axe and a scalpel.
There are so many Salford related Fat Cats we're going to have at least another two episodes in this special Salford Star series...
See Housing Fat Cats -part 6 - click here