Devon CCG says that community hospitals must be closed because they are in deficit.
A look at their annual report for 2014 is illuminating. Whereas salaries appear reasonable (e.g. Chief Executive £130-135,000 per year when perks are added in it is a different story (see page 29 of cited report)
Chief Executive: salary £130,000 – £135,000
With pension etc £275,000 – £280,000
Chairman: salary £80,000 – £85,000
With benefits: £200,000 – £205,000
Locality Managing Directors: salary £100,000 – £105,000
With benefits: £145,000 – £150,000
In a world where most employees get minimal contributions towards their pensions how on earth can doubling up on salary be justified?
Using the government’s own workplace pension contribution calculator a salary of £135,000 shows an employer contribution of £36,000.
Click to access CCG_Annual_Report_2013-2014.pdf
Whilst it is questionable about whether such high levels of pay are justified by people who demonstrate that they are very capable, they cannot possibly be justified for a team of people who are so out of touch that they cannot spot a £4m per quarter deficit for over 5 consecutive quarters or if they did spot it then then so lacking in proactivity that they do nothing about it for 5 consecutive quarters.
Poor performance in the public sector (indeed in any sector) should not be rewarded with pay levels like this.
Who are they accountable to, and how do we (the public) bring them to account?