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EDP: Norfolk and Suffolk mental health chief’s salary soars by £35,000 to £175,000 – as service faces stringent budget cuts

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Lauren Cope of the EDP reports:

A mental health service under severe financial strain raised the salary of its chief executive by £35,000 – as its frontline NHS staff dealt with tough pay cuts.

It has faced stringent budget cuts, with the average pay steadily falling from £26,557 in 2010/11 to £21,761 in 2013/14 – although the trust said that there had been no pay cuts for staff this year.

Now, it has emerged that current CEO Michael Scott, who was hired in 2014 to turn the struggling service around, is paid £175,000 – £35,000 more than his predecessor, Aidan Thomas, who received £140,600 a year.

And the figures, released in a Freedom of Information Request by the Campaign to Save NHS Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk, revealed that almost £30,000 was spent on hiring Mr Scott, the former chief at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

Although he only moved down the road from one top job to another, a total of £27,417 was spent on adverts and fees to recruit for the role.

To read the article in full, including random comments from Gary Page regarding Michael Scott’s enormous pay increase and pension contributions, click on the image below to visit the EDP website:

EDP Norfolk and Suffolk mental health chief’s salary soars by £35,000 to £175,000 - as service faces stringent budget cuts

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