MP's anger over pay rises for health bosses
MP says she is "stunned" that the Board of Somerset
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has reportedly given its senior
managers a 5% pay rise next year, with one individual awarded
a 6% rise, at a time when front-line staff have been asked to
accept a pay freeze.
Munt has this week raised the matter in the House of Commons.
am stunned by what I have been told. Nurses, and many other staff,
work hard to ensure the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
has a successful record and reputation - delivering great care,
often with fewer resources than last year and in challenging circumstances,"
as David Cameron reminds us, we are 'all in this together', then
there should not be such blatant inequality in the NHS. I have
written to the Trust to express my disappointment that this has
happened here in Somerset and to request that the Board re-considers
its policy of pay rises for senior management."
In the Commons, she received a response from Andrew Lansley, the
former Secretary of State for Health, who said: "If such
pay restraint is applied to NHS staff generally, it should apply
equally to management."