EXCLUSIVE: Bexley PCT managers paid £885 a day
PUBLISHED: 14:25 12 August 2010
Temporary managers at a Trust which decided to axe a busy A&E unit are being paid up to £885 a day.
Bexley Care Trust, whose bosses together with Bromley and Greenwich PCTs decided to close the A&E at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, claim they do not know how many interim managers they employed in the last three years.
But a Freedom of Information request shows that the Trust currently employs 20 interim managers, from agencies and contractors, on salaries ranging from £125 per day to a staggering £885.
Combined rates for the current 20 current interim managers adds up to a breathtaking £7,735 a day.
Pensioner Elwyn Bryant, 74, of Salisbury Road, Bexley, who requested the information, said: “It is outrageous. Everyone is feeling the pinch. But what about these people? They have 20 of them there. There are lots of them and it has been going on for ages. Public money is being wasted and cutbacks are being made in the NHS against the lowest paid.”
The first wave of interims arrived in the health service about seven years ago with many employed from the private sector. They usually work alongside permanent staff to speed up structural changes.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: “Over the last three years, the NHS in Bexley has consistently spent less on management than other boroughs. In order to do this, Bexley Care Trust has used specialist consultants and temporary staff to manage short-term projects.
“Using specialist staff in this focused way has proved to be an efficient use of our resources and helped us make sure that we deliver effective health services that benefit Bexley residents.
“We are continuing to drive down management costs and have asked local GPs to review this and ensure there is minimal impact on frontline services. We are under no illusions that this is going to be easy, but our priority is to improve the quality of healthcare for everyone who uses the NHS in Bexley.”