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Star date: 19th April 2010 

AS AXE FALLS ON NHS JOBS, SALFORD HEALTH DIRECTORS GET ALMOST £1000 PER MEETING!

Following our story last week about Hazel Blears' husband picking up almost £80,000 for attending meetings at Salford Royal Hospital, today we reveal that Salford NHS Trust non executive directors – including Peel Holdings' Paul Newman, Salford councillor Joe Murphy and Brian Wroe ex Salford Council Assistant Director of Community Services – have been picking up almost £1000 each per board meeting.

We also reveal the true horrendous costs of the PFI redevelopment of Salford Royal (formerly Hope) Hospital, and how a new doctors' surgery in Blackfriars is costing four times more than existing practices.

Meanwhile, cost cutting in the NHS is leading to hundreds of jobs being axed.

Full story here…


Salford Royal Hospital
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Last week we revealed how `non executive' directors sitting on the Board of Salford Royal Foundation Trust are picking up over £13,000 a year for attending meetings. Now we can reveal that six non executive directors at the separate Salford NHS Trust receive almost £1000 per meeting.

These non exec directors are paid £7882 a year, and last year's Board papers show that there were eight meetings. That's almost £1000 per meeting for non execs including…

• Paul Newman - a highly paid member of the executive team at Peel Holdings (Media) Ltd…

• Brian Wroe - recently pensioned Assistant Director of Salford Council's Community Services which carries a salary between £65-£72,000 a year. One of Brian Wroe's last acts before he left the Council in March was to recommend Salford's Community Committees not to fund the Salford Star.

• Councillor Joe Murphy – who picked up a further £23,320 in basic councillor and `special' allowances during the year 2008/9.

Minutes from the last Board meeting of the NHS Salford Trust show that there is a target of £20million savings in the service, including £4million savings during this financial year, and £2.3million savings in following years.

Leaked details in the Manchester Evening News showed 750 jobs to be axed at Salford Royal Hospital, involving 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, Government figures show an initial capital cost of £190million for the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) redevelopment of Salford Royal Hospital which will end up costing £620million by the end of its 34 year pay back to private investors. Next year payment instalments begin at £11.8million, rising to over £15million a year by 2021 and over £25million per year after 2040.

Elsewhere in Salford, while a new doctors' surgery was desperately needed in Blackfriars, the cost, worked out by the General Practice Committee of the BMA, was reported as being four times that of existing practices…£400,000 a year.

Another new surgery, Canalside, was delayed, according to NHS minutes last November, due to "on-going issues between NHS Salford and the GPs based at Monton Medical Centre over the current lease arrangements". While the walk-in centre is due to open `this financial year', the full practice still has no definite open date…

Will the costs of privately built NHS buildings have an adverse affect on health services? Is it right to pay non executive directors almost £1000 a meeting to a background of NHS staff cuts?

Ordinary people from the community who sit on the Council of Governors for the Salford Royal Foundation Trust, for instance, do not get paid.

Salford NHS responded:

"The Non Executive Directors referred to all have strong connections to Salford and have made important contributions to the City. Along with other Board members, they play an important role in scrutinising and monitoring how NHS Salford promotes health in Salford and funds healthcare services to more than 230,000 people in Salford."

See update 22nd April 2010 here
 

David Henry wrote
at 2:13:44 AM on Thursday, April 22, 2010
As a fellow Parliamentary Candidate (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition: Hazel Must Go)I will be willing to accept only the average public sector wage in solidarity with all those working in the NHS and the public sector. I am an advocate for a "Living/Citizens Wage" for ALL, the "minimum" is simply not adequate for the majority of people in terms of the rising cost of living and pay freezes. I have also pledged to donate the remainder of my MPs salary into an setting up a community-led, Salford based non-profit foundation that will provide funding to local charities, community groups and projects that improve social inclusion and the health/well-being of ordinary Salfordians.
 
Karl Brookes wrote
at 4:34:02 PM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hi Mr Skeff, if you want to discuss this then please do call me on 0161 212 4960. Thanks. Karl
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 10:04:45 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I've followed this story with great interest. It seems to me that since the N H S was effectively privatised in the Thatcher era it has declined dramatically. The whole service has become a 'gravy train' for paper shuffling, pen pushing managers and other hangers on. The doctors, nurses, and all the rest of the hands on staff carry the burden of work and responsibility and of course get the least reward. Karl Brookes says their board scrutinise the provision of health services. Well Mr Brookes, given the scale of bad practice, waste and sheer mis-management your board fails in it's duty. OUR NHS will continue to fail as long as it is being bled dry by unnecessary 'gangs' of managers sauntering round hospitals with clip boards and pens and hordes of scrutinising boards patting eachother on the back for a job well paid. Get rid of them all and hand control back to clinical and medical staff who have the interests of patients at heart.
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 10:04:05 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
In answer to Andy Miles, I will only take a National Minimum Wage salary as MP for Salford and Eccles.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 12:40:47 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
See Andy's comment below...The Salford Star does not do articles to wind anybody up - this is information that the public should know about - non exec directors getting nearly £8k a year, while people from the community who also do a scrutiny job get nowt, is fact. That non execs attended 8 board meetings last year is fact. Not wind ups, facts. Does Andy think the Salford Star should not be covering such stuff?
 
Andy Miles wrote
at 12:33:53 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
What does it say about the political judgement of somebody who wants to become our representative who spends so much time attacking local people and employers in the area. Will Mr Carvath be foregoing the rewards of an MP salary in the unlikely event of him being returned? At least the bloke from NHS Salford has tried to be open and helpful, rather than hide behind some officialdom. I would imagine that took courage and courtesy, bearing in mind he must have known that he'd be in for this type of rant. Face it the piece was obviously deliberately misleading and a clear attempt to wind you all up, and to give the Star its due, most of you seemed to have taken the bait, hook line and sinker.
 
Karl Brookes wrote
at 12:33:48 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hi Steve, information is available via these links: 1. http://tiny.cc/tovwj 2. http://tiny.cc/mg1cd The recruitment process follows robust proceedures set out by the independent Appointments Commission (see http://tiny.cc/4s90b for more information) and we have always publicised these appointments e.g. http://tiny.cc/tgd0f I hope that you find this information useful. Karl
 
Karl Brookes wrote
at 12:32:29 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hello Mr Carvath, my direct dial is 0161 212 4960, should you wish to discuss your concerns.
 
Steve wrote
at 9:38:28 AM on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The role of the non-executive directors and the board of the trust is a function of the current structure of the NHS which has brought into existence bodies such as NHS Salford. It seems to be a structure which is top-heavy in management costs. Could Mr Brookes give us some information on how much the board structure costs and what value we derive from that cost? In terms of accountability can he tell us how the board members are selected and who they are accountable to? And how they can be removed?
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 9:38:24 AM on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Karl Brookes is employed by Salford's Primary Care Trust. Is he a doctor? No. Is he a nurse? No. Karl is a (non-essential) bureaucrat. Karl's 'job' is to spout nonsense to justify everything that is wrong about the NHS in Salford today. Karl is paid our money to tell us that we're wrong to ever take issue with any aspect of NHS Salford because what Karl knows - and what we fail to see or understand - is that there is no corruption and no waste and no bad practice at NHS Salford, because NHS Salford is perfect and it can do no wrong. Why do we have a professional propaganda corps in our local Primary Care Trust? Karl's 'job' is a complete waste of taxpayers' money. The revelations about the non-execs are bad enough, but it really is the 'insult to the injury' - not to mention ironic - that we then get this non-job bureaucrat trying to defend the waste. //////////// In response to the news of 858 chemical/surgical abortions at Salford Royal in the year 2008 and a trend of a rising number of abortions, the Salford Advertiser [26 Nov 2009, 'Abortion Figures Show A Sharp Rise At Royal'] reported Karl Brookes attempt to justify this sorry state of affairs as follows: "We understand that terminations can be an emotive topic for some people. However, this increase is set against the fact that during 2008, Salford's population increased by over 2,000 people." That's got to be one of the most pathetic attempts to justify the unjustifiable that I've ever seen (and I've seen some real horrors in my time). Richard Carvath, prospective Independent MP for Salford and Eccles.
 
Karl Brookes wrote
at 1:54:55 PM on Monday, April 19, 2010
Hi Nachshlepper, Thanks for the question - our Board members scrutinise the provision of healthcare services to more than 230,000 people in Salford. The following www.youtube.com/salfordnhs shows a little of these services and how they make a difference to local people. In terms of accountability, I'm more than happy to discuss any concern you may have. My direct dial is 0161 212 4960 if you wish to contact me.
 
Nachschlepper wrote
at 10:27:00 AM on Monday, April 19, 2010
Name one way these truffle snufflers contribute. I'd love to know. If they are paid more than eight quid a meeting it would be too much. Once again a distinct lack of accountability where so called public service is concerned.
 
Karl Brookes wrote
at 9:26:33 AM on Monday, April 19, 2010
Board Members of Salford Primary Care Trust attend more meetings than the 8 highlighted and contribute in a number of ways that the article does not mention. It is therefore inaccurate to allege that board members get paid £1000 a meeting. Karl Brookes, NHS Salford
 
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