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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Top GPs share £1.3m pay pot as Cumbria hospitals are mired in debt

SENIOR GPs are earning huge extra salaries for part-time managerial work – while local hospitals swim in debt.

The basic pay packets of 21 governing body members and senior managers of the group which controls Cumbria’s NHS budget amounted to £1.3m in 2013/14.

While some of the roles are full-time non-clinical positions, GPs are being paid large salaries on top of what they already earn for treating patients.

The NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group say all decisions on salaries are “fair and justifiable”. The organisation stated: “The CCG’s remuneration committee makes recommendations for the salaries of clinical leaders and those managers on the very senior manager pay scale.

“These decisions are based on the guiding principle that any decision is fair and justifiable, based on evidence recognising the size and complexity of the CCG. The committee follows the guidance set by NHS England, the Hay Group and Tenon Technical Employment Status Guide.”

The CCG’s annual report lists the salary of each of its senior team along with, among other things pension-related benefits. Those benefits do not constitute an amount paid in the last financial year, but are figures provided by the NHS pensions authority.

Clinical chairman Dr Hugh Reeve received up to £120,000 on top of his GP salary. With pension allowances his package rises to almost half-a-million pounds.

Dr David Rogers, who works full time as CCG medical director after giving up GP practice, received a salary of £120,000 rising to £420,000 with pension benefits.

The total remuneration package of chief officer Nigel Maguire hit £265,000 – of which up to £140,000 was salary – while finance officer Charles Welbourn’s benefits equalled £140,000, £115,000 of which was salary. Mr Welbourn also claimed £7,900 for a lease car while Mr Maguire claimed £5,500.

Dr Alistair MacKenzie, lead GP for the South Lakes, received a salary of up to £50,000 and his total package including pension benefits was calculated at £240,000.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, lead GP for the south of the county and GP lead for Furness, received an extra £65,000 for his CCG duties.

The news comes at a time when the area’s hospitals are being bailed out by NHS England to the tune of millions of pounds due to pressures on A&E departments and budget restraints.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “We face really big decisions that we have to get right for the future of our hospitals and that means the CCG needs to be employing talented and committed individuals at all levels.

“But we obviously need to maximise the resources going to the front line. Senior salaries need to be set at an appropriate level so that resources are not diverted from vital services and front line staff.”

Have your say

When I saw this story I thought, these are the people who are paid to implement changes that will make things worse for us. For instance Dr Geoff Joliffe lead GP for Furness saying how good it will be to move multiple Dr`s into one surgery in the old Alfred Barrow school. Not for people who have to travel a lot further to the Dr`s it wont. And what about parking when they get there. Will there be enough ? Remember the £135,000 inspirational Super head Douglas Blackledge brought in to push through the Furness Academy, (these people on the NHS governing body seem to have a very similar role). The Academy never turned into the success they said it would be. But at least someone (Government ?) made some money out of selling the land. And the new building will comply with EU regulations. How about a new energy compliant police station? See where I`m going.

Posted by Ian Jackson on 14 August 2014 at 20:43

Well done NWEM - I was becoming concerned at all the 'promises' from Cumbria commissioners that were being reported about what they are going to do and how things are in a better shape ready to move forward now, it all sounded like GP propaganda. Clearly whilst our health services are failing through lack of GP appointments and the hospital in the state that it finds itself in through lack of funding, the doctors in charge have made sure that they are handsomely rewarded....and lets not lose sight of the fact that this is payment only for their part time roles as commissioners. They also have earnings from being GPs....don't suppose they will be disclosing that additional income!.....absolutely scandalous as this is all taxpayers money, looks like the 'fat cats' now exist in the NHS

Posted by Stephen on 14 August 2014 at 07:31

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