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Axemen pocket £1,300 a day to slash health care

PUBLISHED: 15:44 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

Mike Marchant

Mike Marchant

TEMPORARY chief executives at a debt-ridden hospital are being paid up to £1,300 a day, the Times can exclusively reveal. Disgusted patients have slammed the Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust for shelling out on interim bosses to cut their services . Bromley

Anthony Sumara

TEMPORARY chief executives at a debt-ridden hospital are being paid up to £1,300 a day, the Times can exclusively reveal.

Disgusted patients have slammed the Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust for shelling out on interim bosses 'to cut their services'.

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust spends £1,200 of taxpayers' money on their current interim Chief Executive despite Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough floundering in debts of £99 million.

Michael Marchment, who has earned £34,800 since joining the Trust on June 13, was responsible for closing three theatres at Orpington Treatment Centre in a bid to save £1 million.

The salaries of interim chief executives, who stay at the Trust for a maximum of six months, were revealed after a request under the Freedom of Information Act by the Bromley Times.

Grandmother Julie Mott, 61, from Orpington said her mouth was on the floor when she found out about Mr Marchment's salary.

She said: "Without swearing, I think it is absolutely appalling.

"How can they pay him £1,200 a day when the Trust has such a huge debt? People are disgusted. They can't believe it. They can't believe they are paying that much money for someone to come in and axe our services."

It was also revealed that Ian Wilson, who was chief executive from December 2007 to June this year was paid £1,300 a day plus expenses, meaning the salary has reduced by just £100. In six months Mr Wilson claimed £1,200 in travel expenses alone.

Three previous interim Chief Executives, Ian Wilson, Anthony Sumara and Ian Gibson were also eligible for expenses.

However, the Trust claimed it was unable to reveal Mr Sumara's salary as he was employed by a different Trust.

The last permanent Chief Executive was John Watkinson, who worked there from May 2003 until December 2006.

Christine Taylor, 52, from Orpington, who suffers from the nerve disease Guillain-Barre syndrome, said: "How can they pay him that when they are in all that debt? It is obscene.

"This is public money.

"We just feel that if they are in such trouble, then top people should make a contribution by taking a cut.

"In six month's time they are off out of it and disrupting something else. It is like an agency, they probably get paid more money than permanent staff."

A spokesperson for Bromley hospitals refused to comment.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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