Hospice charities pay senior staff up to £160,000

Claims volunteers who work for charities 'would be horrified'

Ian Johnson
Friday 11 September 2015 00:18 BST
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According to The Times newspaper, some 240 senior hospice staff earn more than £60,000 a year with at least 25 getting more than £100,000
According to The Times newspaper, some 240 senior hospice staff earn more than £60,000 a year with at least 25 getting more than £100,000

Hospice charities that rely on scores of volunteers are paying senior staff up to £160,000 a year, according to a report.

Some 240 senior hospice staff earned more than £60,000 a year with at least 25 getting more than £100,000, The Times newspaper said.

Nearly third of the 250 hospices in England and Wales pay any staff more than £60,000. Among the hospices that do this, 7p out of every £1 of income went to high-earning staff.

Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire and a patron of Hospice Help, pointed out that the “vast majority” of hospice workers were volunteers “giving their time for absolutely nothing”.

“[Large salaries] would sit uneasily with the volunteers. I think they’d be horrified,” he added.

He said charities should disclose how much they spend on administration to “enable people to make an informed choice when they give to a charity”.

Roger Goss, the co-director of Patient Concern, said: “Many people will be shocked, when they thought this sort of organisation was driven by altruism and a desire to help people rather than create highly paid jobs.”

Financial accounts for hospice charities for 2013-14 revealed that at least 82 paid at least one employee more than £60,000 a year.

St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds paid a total of between £630,000 and £700,000 to just seven staff. Kerry Jackson, the hospice’s chief executive, said it paid competitive salaries.

The Myton Hospices in Warwickshire paid eight people more than £60,000, adding up to a total of nearly 6.6 per cent of its income. Myton said it was important to “attract the highest calibre of clinical and non-clinical managers”.

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