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NHS chief paid £2,500 a day

29th July 2010

The temporary chief executive of Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is being paid more than £2,500 a day plus almost £20,000 in expenses, it has emerged.

The trust has acknowledged the money paid to Derek Smith and other interim executives was controversial but has argued they have been worth the money.

However, health workers' unions have expressed their anger at the levels of pay.

Figures show that the trust paid the health services management company - of which Smith is part - just under £250,000 for his 97 days' work along with £19,539 in expenses to cover Smith's travel and accommodation in Dorchester.

Other senior temporary directors received the equivalent of between £663 and £1,230 a day.

Unison spokeswoman Tanya Palmer said the figures were absolutely outrageous and would be better spent on frontline services.

“Most nurses will be earning about £1,800 a month after tax, and to see someone earning hundreds of pounds more than that in a single day will be galling,” she added.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said: “It is frankly unbelievable that these shockingly high sums of money continue to be spent at the same time that nurses and other staff are seeing frontline services cut and being asked to accept a pay freeze.”

Trust chairman Jeffrey Ellwood said the hospital had needed to recruit a strong team following the departure of key members of the board and claimed Smith's leadership had been inspirational. Mr Smith was not available for comment.


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