NHS boss who quit bags £225,000

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Despite quitting his job a year ago, an ex NHS Foundation Trust boss is still being paid his taxpayer-funded £150,000 salary. Tony Halsall resigned from scandal-hit University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay post last February.

Yet a year on Halsall still has the benefits of a leased car - plus trousering £75,000 in cash for six months' notice.


Car, cash + career advice

Most would likely say it's a generous deal for Halsall. Halsall - he also received £5,000 worth of career management advice - was never accused of poor performance. Yet during his three-year tenure his trust saw investigations into the deaths of seven babies. It was also hit by several warnings from the Care Quality Commission.

The NHS Confederation, where Halsall now works as an associate director, told AOL Money Halsall was not receiving a salary in his new job.

"He is one of a number of people working with us as an associate," said the NHS Confederation. "Associates are typically managers from our member NHS trusts who work with our existing teams on a short-term basis to provide input into our work programmes."

Sideways move

The impression though is that he was merely shifted sideways despite allegations from some quarters of very poor performance. Contrast this treatment with other NHS workers: poor-performing front-line workers face the risk of being sacked, or struck off.

"What's inexcusable," Labour MP John Woodcock told the Telegraph, "is not being straight about what's happened, and giving the impression that he has left the organisation when he's actually been on the books in secret."

Woodcock went on: "There are too many examples in the NHS where poor performance at the top is being effectively rewarded by shifting someone sideways."

On-going concern

Newly appointed University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay trust chairman John Cowdall however claims the financial arrangement made with Halsall made it possible for the Trust to move on.

Meanwhile NHS boss Sir David Nicholson is still under pressure to resign after presiding over the alleged 1,200 deaths at Stafford hospital between 2005 and 2009. Nicholson was chief executive at the West Midlands strategic health authority which took responsibility for Mid Staffordshire Trust between 2005 and 2009.

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