NHS staff slam 'two-tier system' that allows bosses to receive bonuses while frontline employees fight for their jobs


NHS workers have accused senior staff of exercising a "two-tier system", after top brass received bumper bonuses while frontline employees fight for their jobs.

A health boss whose staff are facing drastic changes to pay and conditions has also come under fire for "showing complete disharmony" with colleagues after posting details of his new boat on the internet.

Shaun Clee, chief executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucester, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to inform his "followers" of the purchase, made during a recent trip to St Austell in Cornwall.

He wrote: "Round trip to St Austell. Sea trial resulted in new boat - oops!"

Prompted by one of his followers to explain whether that meant he had bought a new boat, the health boss replied: "I am afraid I have to plead guilty."

He added that the purchase - thought to have cost between £10,000 and £15,000 - was not "as elegant" as a sailing boat, describing it as "a fast day boatfor inshore or river fishing".

The personal spend comes at a time when the Gloucester health body is one of nearly two dozen trusts in the South West to have joined a so-called "pay cartel" to try to cut the pay and conditions of each trust's staff, by breaking away from the national agreement which covers NHS staff.

Workers could be made redundant and forced to sign new terms of employment if they fail to agree to the proposals.

Helen Hancox, regional officer for the Royal College of Nursing South West, said Mr Clee was allowed to spend his income as he wished, but described his decision to post details of the purchase on Twitter as "unpalatable".

She added: "He's obviously got the disposable income to go off and buy a boat, yet many staff - who have not had a pay rise in two years - are struggling to pay their rent.

"I think it was ill-advised and disrespectful. It almost seems like he is gloating about the boat, and shows complete disharmony with the majority of staff who are fighting cuts to pay and conditions."

In a statement, the trust described the timing of its chief executive's comments as "regrettable".

NHS workers have also accused three directors from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including the chief executive, of hypocrisy after they took home bumper pay deals despite the trust having to make multimillion-pound budget cuts.

They took home one-off lump sums as a replacement for performance-related pay.

Chief executive Dr Frank Harsent took home between £210,000 and £215,000 in the last financial year, compared with between £185,000 and £190,000 in 2010-11.

Director of finance Sarah Truelove took home between £145,000 and £150,000 in 2011-12, up from £130,000-£135,000, while trust human resources and organisational development director Dave Smith, who oversaw a recent cost-cutting resignation scheme, was on a £100,000-105,000 pay bracket in 2010-11. Last year he took home between £110,000 and £115,000.

Lisa Youlton, regional manager for the Unison union, described the actions as "a slap in the face" for those who are fighting possible changes to pay and conditions.

She added: "We are furious about this. Some of our members are facing pay cuts of up to 15%, so to see senior staff salaries increase at this time smacks of hypocrisy.

"There is clearly a two-tier system - the senior staff at the top with increasing pay packets, and the large majority who are worried about the threat of redundancies."

In a statement, the trust said: "All executive salaries are decided by the remuneration committee - which is made up of the chair and non-executive directors.

"The remuneration committee (has) held executive basic pay at the same level since 2009. This anticipated but was consistent with the general pay freeze in operation for the last two years.

The statement said the rise in remuneration did "not constitute a pay increase, being a one-off, non-pensionable, lump sum payment and executive salaries for 2012/13 have reverted to the 2010/11 figures".

Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
commonwealth games
Lane Del Rey performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014
people... but none of them helped me get a record deal, insists Lana Del Rey
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules
filmReview: The Rock is a muscular Davy Crockett in this preposterous film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    IT Portfolio Analyst/ PMO

    £40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    Systems Analyst (Technical, UML, UI)

    £30000 - £40000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...

    Cost Reporting-MI Packs-Edinburgh-Bank-£350/day

    £300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Cost Reporting Manager - MI Packs -...

    Senior Private Client Solicitor - Gloucestershire

    Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: Senior Private Client Solicitor - We are makin...

    Day In a Page

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

    Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

    A land of the outright bizarre
    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

    ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
    Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

    The worst kept secret in cinema

    A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
    Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    The new hatched, matched and dispatched

    Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
    Why do we have blood types?

    Are you my type?

    All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
    Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

    Honesty box hotels

    Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

    Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

    The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
    Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

    The 'scroungers’ fight back

    The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
    Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

    Fireballs in space

    Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
    A Bible for billionaires

    A Bible for billionaires

    Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
    Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

    Paranoid parenting is on the rise

    And our children are suffering because of it
    For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

    Magna Carta Island goes on sale

    Yours for a cool £4m
    Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn