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HAZEL BLEARS HUSBAND IN SALFORD HOSPITAL SICKENER
 

Star date: 12th April 2010 

A Salford Star Exclusive

AS SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL PREPARES TO AXE 750 JOBS, HAZEL'S HUSBAND GETS ALMOST £80,000 IN FEES

While Salford Royal (formerly Hope) Hospital aims to slash 750 jobs over the next three years as part of vicious government cuts, we can reveal that by 2013 Hazel Blears' husband, Michael Halsall, will have been paid nearly £80,000 for attending meetings at the hospital.

Full details here…


Plans were leaked recently showing that the top rated Salford Royal Hospital aims to axe 250 jobs a year until 2013 in an effort to chop £16million from its budget. At the same time, Hazel Blears' husband, Michael Halsall, will be earning over £13,000 a year as a `non executive director' of the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Halsall's day job is Litigation Manager at a local authority, and his speciality is cited on the Hospital's website as "looking at partnerships and new ways of working within the public sector". He is one of eight non executive directors of the Trust who between them were paid £125,000 in the year up to 31st March 2009, according to the Trust's last Annual Report. Half a dozen executive directors of the Trust were also paid £1,100,000 between them in the same year.

Halsall was appointed as non executive director in April 2007 and in the three years until 1st April 2010 was paid £12,941 per year. From April this year the Trust's non executive directors have been given a 2.25% pay increase, taking their part time fees well beyond £13,000, more than many Salford people earn in a year. Current non executive directors also include former Salford City Council Chief Executive John Willis, and Anne Williams, former Salford City Council head of Communities and Social Services

Halsall's three year appointment with the Trust was due to expire at the end of March this year but he has been re-appointed for a further three years. During his total time as a non executive director he will earn around £78,000.

The Hospital Trust's Annual Report shows that in the year ending 31st March 2009 Halsall attended a total of 19 board and committee meetings, which works out at almost £700 per meeting.

Back in September 2009, at a Council of Governors and Board meeting (to which Michael Halsall sent his apologies for not attending), the Hospital Trust's Director of Finance told of "the end of the 'growth' period and the requirement of the NHS to reduce costs…and what this could mean in real terms for Salford Royal".

These `real terms' were spelt out in detail via a leaked letter to the Manchester Evening News, and included 10% cuts in primary, community, acute and mental health sectors by 2013, and 15% cuts in acute and in-patient mental health care by 2013.

Meanwhile, the number of beds open overnight at the Salford Royal Foundation Trust Hospital fell from 833 in 1997 to 808 in 2009 - according to information provided by the Government in response to a question last month from Salford MP Hazel Blears… 

See update 22nd April 2010 here
 

Iris wrote
at 21:49:20 on 18 April 2010
Hands off our mossland, our green fields, woodlands and farmlands. Our Eco-System is off balance our Planet is screeming for help. Can't you see, you greedy lot at the top of the ladder that all the money in the world wont save you or your assets if you keep on destroying our Earth! We need a new party who will put the enviroment and the wellbeing of the human race at the top of the agends and not the corrupt elite.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 10:21:15 on 17 April 2010
See Mark's comment below... Other non exec directors were placed under the spotlight - John Willis, who presumambly is aleady on a Council pension, and our old `friend', Anne Williams, ex head of Communities, who was instrumental in stopping the Salford Star receiving any funding when she was at the Council... On Monday the Star website will also be looking at who's getting paid as non exec directors of the NHS Trust, which is different from the Salford Royal Trust... Tune in!
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 10:14:52 on 17 April 2010
I have to ask why the names of the other non exec board members have not been placed under the spotlight?? These posts are advertised openly and are there for all to apply and fill the role. Maybe he was chosen just on the basis of "Best of breed" rather than his relationship to Hazel. My question would be why is the hospital trust paying such large amounts for non-exec posts?? Maybe thats what needs examining
 
Steve wrote
at 20:18:36 on 16 April 2010
It is good practice in corporate governance that independent non-executive directors only serve for limited periods. Otherwise there is a danger of their independence being compromised. Could the Star get a quote from the hospital trust on their reasons for extending Mr Halsall's directorship? The Blears/Halsall family certainly does well from the public purse doesn't it? Presumably Mr Halsall's director's fees are on top of his local authority salary.
 
steve hunt wrote
at 14:45:11 on 14 April 2010
Vote for an independent socialist candidate (if you can find one). Time to embrace ideology again and get rid of opportunist career politicians whose existence depends on compromise and a lack of distinction between political parties. They're all whited sepulchres. They've stolen our party.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 12:47:44 on 13 April 2010
I'm disappointed I couldn't get there on the night, by all accounts it was very interesting. No surprise that Hazel Blears brazened it out and given the latest revelations about her husband's 'nice little earner' picking the pockets of the Salford sick it's hard to imagine they could sink much lower. Salford labour party have a lot to answer for by not deselecting Blears after the expenses scandal, as do Salford health executives for squandering money which is a matter of life and death to the people of Salford. One has to ask how they live with themselves with all that blood and suffering on their hands, but then again to feel guilt one has to have a conscience.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 09:30:34 on 13 April 2010
Albert, the Borgias would make this lot look like the Waltons.
 
David Henry wrote
at 17:49:45 on 12 April 2010
If we needed one last good reason by HAZEL MUST GO!.. this is it.
 
Albert Spiby wrote
at 17:49:36 on 12 April 2010
I think the characters of "Shameless" would look like "The Waltons" alongside this shower!
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 09:38:13 on 12 April 2010
It's the same old story, another snout in the trough. If a TV programme was made about these people the title might be 'Shameless'. Ohh that's been used
 
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