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Forget Bankers Pay - Here Is The Real Scandal

The head of a hospital trust where at least 400 patients may have died because of appalling emergency care is understood to have received pay rises totalling more than £30,000.
The salary of Martin Yeates, chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, increased from a pay band of up to £140,000 to one of up to £180,000 over two years, while standards at the trust deteriorated.
Last August the governors’ nominations and remuneration committee doubled the salaries of other non- executive board members. Toni Brisby, the chairwoman, went from £20,144 to £40,000 for 3½ days’ work a week. Other non-executive directors, who worked 2½ days a month, were awarded rises from £5,875 to £12,000. Ms Brisby resigned this month and Mr Yeates has been suspended on full pay...

A report by the Healthcare Commission found “shocking and appalling” standards of care for patients admitted through A&E from 2005 to 2008. Investigators estimate that between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected.
The commission was heavily critical of the trust’s board, which it said had been focused more on finance, targets and achieving foundation trust status than on patient care.

And that tells you the complete story.


Somehow this sort of disastrous chaos is what's expected when you have a part-time "chair" (I bet that's what she called herself) who is a woman called Toni.

It conjures up a certain image does it not?

"...had been focused more on finance, targets and achieving foundation trust status than on patient care."

Not exactly unique. I seem to recall seeing somewhere or other that "administrative" costs of major hospitals had gone from under fifteen percent to nearly ifty percent in less than three decades here in the US.

It is more important to document "care" than to, well, provide care.

Is this not also the reason most emigrating police officers give for going to Canada or Australia?

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