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Overpay error at Barts and the London NHS Trust

7th January 2013

An audit report has shown Barts and the London NHS Trust has "overpaid" some of its workers by almost £1 million annually since 2010.

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The Barts Health NHS Trust's report revealed that a debt-collecting agency needed to be hired in order to get the money back.

Barts Health was created in 2012 as a merger of two trusts with Barts and the London NHS Trust.

The Health Service Journal used a Freedom of Information request to gain access to the audit report and other data.

The information released by the trust showed that 329 salary overpayments of a total of £971,000 were paid in the financial year of 2010-2011.

A total of £995,000 overpayments were incorrectly made in the last financial year and involved workers at St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London, the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green and the Royal London in Whitechapel.

A report in autumn last year by the new human resources director Michael Pantlin said: "Barts Health overpays staff circa £1m per year - much of which is lost. This has to stop."

He added: "There can be no quick fix to the overpayments issue unless the executive team endorse a change in management behaviours and begin to hold managers to account." 

The trust's director of corporate affairs, Ian Walker, said they had reissued management guidance and were bringing in electronic forms to report members of staff who had left the trust.

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