What’s an acceptable level of pay for an interim manager in the NHS?

This is well worth a read. In my view, the interim sector into the NHS requires a savage cull. There seems to be a swing door policy that benefits the privileged few and their cronies in resourcing firms – all of this is not in the public interest nor does it demonstrate best value for money.

There needs to be legislation barring public sectors workers from working as a consultant in the public sector – I suggest three years from the time they leave paid employment.

Expenses for public sector employees should be capped at HMRC levels.

It’s time for the austerity axe to fall on the fat cats. These people need to compete in the open market, with the best from the private sector in the UK & the public sector globally.

The percentage of interim management costs as a percentage of total NHS budgets is a disgrace.

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There’s an invisible barrier for chief executives in the NHS: as far as I know, no permanent chief exec is paid more than £300,000 a year (please let me know if I am wrong).

But there seems to be no such barrier for interim execs. In 2013-14 the number of cases where they were paid rates which amounted to more than £300K a year doubled compared with the previous year. The Telegraph story is here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11295416/The-rise-of-the-300000-NHS-fatcats.html. You might argue with the use of the word ‘fatcats’ or even with the methodology but the evidence is clear in annual reports: interim managers are often paid shedloads. Top chief executives and finance directors in the NHS are paid well; but they could often earn more – or work less – by becoming interims.

Of course, what the Telegraph is talking about is cost rather than pay – and there are issues of…

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  1. The so called NHS interims are not really interims at all.

    Rather they are former CEO’s and ex NHS directors some of whom have quit or been fired from their jobs in disgrace on a Friday only to reappear weeks or days later on more money than ever.

    The rest are ex NHS workers who are then moved from one mess to another by their NHS cronies and by recruiters fixated by commission who are obdurate in their refusal to bring in anyone who has not worked in the NHS.

    Capable people who could introduce new thinking and save the NHS from financial implosion are excluded on spurious grounds and on the basis that they lack the expertise and intelligence to understand the NHS and its arcane processes.

    The idea that other healthcare systems in France, Italy, Germany and Singapore might have something to teach the NHS is rubbished.

    This despite the hard evidence of poor UK cancer treatment outcomes,the obesity,diabetes and dementia epidemics and the failure of the NHS to develop an educational /preventative strategy.

    The NHS needs to be scrapped and then replaced with something that borrows from the best in the world and people need to be made to take responsibility for their own health.

    Genuine interims should be a catalyst for this process but they should be few in number and all be outsiders with fresh thinking.

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