Interim Oxfordshire NHS official earns £105,000 for four months of work

Witney Gazette: Ian Wilson Ian Wilson

A HEALTH boss brought in to turn around a troubled NHS authority was paid up to between £105,000 and £110,000 for less than four months’ work, the organisation has confirmed.

Ian Wilson received the money as interim chief executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) for working from December 10 to March 31.

Spokesman Annie Tysom yesterday said the money was paid for that period only and was not a pro rata rate.

It means he earned at least an equivalent of £1,363 a day if he worked each of the 77 weekdays in that period, not including official holidays.

If that rate of pay had continued he would have earned at least £315,000 for 12 months.

And interim chief operating officer Gina Shakespeare was paid between £115,000 and £120,000 for August 1 to March 31, or the equivalent of at least £680 a day.

Bosses refused to reveal exact pay, days worked or any daily rate but said interim leader roles can attract “significantly higher” rates.

OCCG was set up under a controversial shake-up of the NHS aimed at putting most spending power in the hands of GPs.

But chief executive Dr Stephen Richards announced he was stepping down in October saying it needed a “stronger clinical voice” than he was able to give it.

He got £130,000 to £135,000 for April 1 2013 to February 3 this year.

The group agreed to split the role between a non-clinical manager as chief executive and a clinical chairman and hired Mr Wilson while these were appointed.

Oxford East Labour MP Andrew Smith said: “These are enormous sums the commissioning group has paid to help get them out of the financial mess which the Government’s wholly unnecessary reorganisation of the NHS got them into.

“Whilst there is an argument, which needs to be looked into by the auditors, that this is the going rate for temporary staff of the necessary calibre, the public will be struck by the contrast between the unfairness on the clampdown on pay for the front-line staff actually providing care and these high salaries at the top.”

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All staff should get a pay rise of at least one per cent in the current and next financial year, The Department of Health has said.

Full-time chief executive David Smith will start on Monday on a pay scale of between £120,000 and £150,000, replacing Mr Wilson, a former director of social services at Tower Hamlets Council who retired from that role in 2007.

This financial year OCCG has to cut £15.75m to balance its £635.7m budget, including plans to remove free transport to hospital for some patients.

This would axe free ambulance transport for planned appointments for up to 6,209 classed as least infirm, saving up to £795,833.

TaxPayers' Alliance director John O'Connell said: “Taxpayers will be shocked that their money is lining the pockets of NHS bosses rather than being used for essential frontline services.

“NHS staff have seen their pay frozen, and will wonder where the OCCG has managed to find £1,300 a day for the CEO.”

Larry Sanders, chairman of official NHS watchdog Healthwatch Oxfordshire, said: “Surprises, such as unexpectedly large expenditures, like these, need to be explained.”

The group is this month advertising for a full-time chief operating officer, to take over from Miss Shakespeare.

Annie Tysom, spokeswoman for OCCG, said: “Ian has a strong track record of helping challenged public sector organisations improve their financial performance and he was the ideal choice to help steer OCCG through the severe difficulties it faced.

“Many organisations in both the public and private sector employ interim staff with specific skills and expertise to help lead, develop and support the work of the organisation for a short time.

“For the interim roles of chief executive and chief operating officer, particularly in financially challenged organisations, pay can be significantly higher due to the difficult nature of the work and the very large sums of public money at stake.”

What the Clinical Commissioing Group does

LIKE other clinical commissioning groups formed on April 1 last year under a shake-up of the NHS, OCCG is responsible for deciding where most health service cash is spent in Oxfordshire.

Each GP practice is represented on one of six “locality groups” for each area of the county, including Oxford, and a member of each group sits on the ruling governing body.

The clinical commissioning groups are a legacy of the “internal market” in the NHS kick-started by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the late 1980s.

Supporters argue that by separating who funds services and who provides them, those in charge of spending can “shop around” and get best value for the patients.

But critics say this fragments NHS providers like hospital authorities as private firms and other organisations like charities can win contracts.

OCCG has faced rising demands from patients in a tight financial environment and agreed with county hospital managers not to pay nationally agreed rates so it could break even at the end of the 2013-14 financial year.

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11:44am Thu 12 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Sign on side of ambulance "NHS-caring passionately for its own"
Sign on side of ambulance "NHS-caring passionately for its own" Lord Palmerstone
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7:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

The mind boggles, if we got rid of all the money grabbing prats at the top of the NHS, there'd be more money for nurses etc......this is clearly taking the p!ss
The mind boggles, if we got rid of all the money grabbing prats at the top of the NHS, there'd be more money for nurses etc......this is clearly taking the p!ss Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 3

9:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed .
Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed . the wizard
  • Score: 2

5:34am Fri 13 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

the wizard wrote:
Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed .
Tosh-it's the nature of all public sector bureaucracies to behave like this. Looking after yourself is number 1 priority and it happened under St's Tony & Gordon, as you know only too well., not to mention Wilson, Callaghan, Attlee.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed .[/p][/quote]Tosh-it's the nature of all public sector bureaucracies to behave like this. Looking after yourself is number 1 priority and it happened under St's Tony & Gordon, as you know only too well., not to mention Wilson, Callaghan, Attlee. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -2

8:23am Fri 13 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed .
Tosh-it's the nature of all public sector bureaucracies to behave like this. Looking after yourself is number 1 priority and it happened under St's Tony & Gordon, as you know only too well., not to mention Wilson, Callaghan, Attlee.
NO LP, this amount of money under these circumstances, and especially while the ward workers are being asked to do far more than is practical, many not having any breaks during their shifts, is simply not on. It is once more fat cats at the top getting fatter while those below suffer more with increasing prices etc. I'm old enough to have seen it all before and your political spin is nowhere near enough to state otherwise. Don't forget Cams words, we are all in this together, really ???? just try telling that to nursing staff and see what answer you get.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Mates rates for jobs at the top and "We're all in it together Dave", well what a liar you are. We can't get ambulances but we can pay exorbitant rates of pay for people like this, nurses and countless other grades get minimalist rises yet here is somebody making a pile out of other peoples misery as essential staff seek better wages outside the NHS, yet here again once more Tory Fat Cats are on the rise just the same as under Thatcher. Its disgraceful its insulting and its not on, as the guys at the top cream more and more out of Daves slush fund kitty. Its an insult to the average working person that this should be allowed .[/p][/quote]Tosh-it's the nature of all public sector bureaucracies to behave like this. Looking after yourself is number 1 priority and it happened under St's Tony & Gordon, as you know only too well., not to mention Wilson, Callaghan, Attlee.[/p][/quote]NO LP, this amount of money under these circumstances, and especially while the ward workers are being asked to do far more than is practical, many not having any breaks during their shifts, is simply not on. It is once more fat cats at the top getting fatter while those below suffer more with increasing prices etc. I'm old enough to have seen it all before and your political spin is nowhere near enough to state otherwise. Don't forget Cams words, we are all in this together, really ???? just try telling that to nursing staff and see what answer you get. the wizard
  • Score: 1

9:36am Fri 13 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue.
I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that.
The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue. I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that. Lord Palmerstone
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10:11am Sat 14 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue.
I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that.
Sorry LP but I do rather think you are a bit out of touch on this one in places. I do however agree with you on some points, but, this amount of money for this short tenure is not acceptable anymore,since many have moved on from the money for nothing era, and if Labour wish to win anything next time around they need to dispose of Rubberband and Ballsup.

I see in the poll the OM have done, 93% agree this is too much money and that is the crux of things, and people are now wising up to the fact that in these times we expect more for less from our public appointments as we ourselves have had to deliver the same or more for less for the same money over the last 5 years. Just because its public money should not detract from the point that its not ok to award these out of touch with reality wages, the confetti money days are long gone. Perhaps the people who set the salary for this position should be brought into account for this nonsense, this does not need to happen again, though I suspect it will. The NHS must stop being seen as a cash cow for senior staff , it is time for senior staff to do the job for the same reason as the nursing staff, not so much a job, more of a vocation to help the stricken, ill and vulnerable, not a chance to make hideous money at the expense of others. Time for a cull of the fat cats and give the chance to those who care and are capable, a stream lining of management and a reduction in "managers" at the top.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue. I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that.[/p][/quote]Sorry LP but I do rather think you are a bit out of touch on this one in places. I do however agree with you on some points, but, this amount of money for this short tenure is not acceptable anymore,since many have moved on from the money for nothing era, and if Labour wish to win anything next time around they need to dispose of Rubberband and Ballsup. I see in the poll the OM have done, 93% agree this is too much money and that is the crux of things, and people are now wising up to the fact that in these times we expect more for less from our public appointments as we ourselves have had to deliver the same or more for less for the same money over the last 5 years. Just because its public money should not detract from the point that its not ok to award these out of touch with reality wages, the confetti money days are long gone. Perhaps the people who set the salary for this position should be brought into account for this nonsense, this does not need to happen again, though I suspect it will. The NHS must stop being seen as a cash cow for senior staff , it is time for senior staff to do the job for the same reason as the nursing staff, not so much a job, more of a vocation to help the stricken, ill and vulnerable, not a chance to make hideous money at the expense of others. Time for a cull of the fat cats and give the chance to those who care and are capable, a stream lining of management and a reduction in "managers" at the top. the wizard
  • Score: 0

10:36am Sat 14 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

the wizard wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue.
I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that.
Sorry LP but I do rather think you are a bit out of touch on this one in places. I do however agree with you on some points, but, this amount of money for this short tenure is not acceptable anymore,since many have moved on from the money for nothing era, and if Labour wish to win anything next time around they need to dispose of Rubberband and Ballsup.

I see in the poll the OM have done, 93% agree this is too much money and that is the crux of things, and people are now wising up to the fact that in these times we expect more for less from our public appointments as we ourselves have had to deliver the same or more for less for the same money over the last 5 years. Just because its public money should not detract from the point that its not ok to award these out of touch with reality wages, the confetti money days are long gone. Perhaps the people who set the salary for this position should be brought into account for this nonsense, this does not need to happen again, though I suspect it will. The NHS must stop being seen as a cash cow for senior staff , it is time for senior staff to do the job for the same reason as the nursing staff, not so much a job, more of a vocation to help the stricken, ill and vulnerable, not a chance to make hideous money at the expense of others. Time for a cull of the fat cats and give the chance to those who care and are capable, a stream lining of management and a reduction in "managers" at the top.
Not a word that I disagree with, save for suggesting that the public sector can cure itself. It doesn't think it's ill, and never will. The only cure strangely enough, is bleeding. Yes, if the proportion of GDP going in to the public sector were reduced to abut 28% over the next 15 years it will cease to be perceived as a place for "high-rollers" to make good money. People like Mr Wilson could then devote their no doubt considerable talents to doing something more useful in the field of commerce.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: The NHS is an employment machine first and foremost, Like all public sector organisations. It filters our cash through various layers of fingers, all equally sticky, so that most of the cash is creamed off by the fingers early in the queue. I'm not Number 1 fan of Cameron but, since you've lived a long time, as have I , the "Lord Snooty" stereotype is just plain silly. Cameron Clegg and Miliband are indistinguishable. They all belong to a metropolitan (in their opinion) elite and are hopelessly out of touch; hence turnout at elections declines inexorably. And no, we both know it was no better in the days of Butskellism; no one would go back to that.[/p][/quote]Sorry LP but I do rather think you are a bit out of touch on this one in places. I do however agree with you on some points, but, this amount of money for this short tenure is not acceptable anymore,since many have moved on from the money for nothing era, and if Labour wish to win anything next time around they need to dispose of Rubberband and Ballsup. I see in the poll the OM have done, 93% agree this is too much money and that is the crux of things, and people are now wising up to the fact that in these times we expect more for less from our public appointments as we ourselves have had to deliver the same or more for less for the same money over the last 5 years. Just because its public money should not detract from the point that its not ok to award these out of touch with reality wages, the confetti money days are long gone. Perhaps the people who set the salary for this position should be brought into account for this nonsense, this does not need to happen again, though I suspect it will. The NHS must stop being seen as a cash cow for senior staff , it is time for senior staff to do the job for the same reason as the nursing staff, not so much a job, more of a vocation to help the stricken, ill and vulnerable, not a chance to make hideous money at the expense of others. Time for a cull of the fat cats and give the chance to those who care and are capable, a stream lining of management and a reduction in "managers" at the top.[/p][/quote]Not a word that I disagree with, save for suggesting that the public sector can cure itself. It doesn't think it's ill, and never will. The only cure strangely enough, is bleeding. Yes, if the proportion of GDP going in to the public sector were reduced to abut 28% over the next 15 years it will cease to be perceived as a place for "high-rollers" to make good money. People like Mr Wilson could then devote their no doubt considerable talents to doing something more useful in the field of commerce. Lord Palmerstone
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8:21pm Sat 14 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Nice to have found some common ground with you after all the tumbles we have had. Perhaps we are both mellowing with age, lol.
Nice to have found some common ground with you after all the tumbles we have had. Perhaps we are both mellowing with age, lol. the wizard
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