Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has said he is appalled after being told the turnaround director hired to patch up the finances of the trust that runs the DGH is being paid more than a quarter of a million pounds by the trust board.
Save the DGH group chairman Liz Walke echoed his views and said she was disgusted after learning of the figure.
Mr Lloyd, who said the figure was £275,000, said, “I am simply appalled at the current state of affairs at our local hospital.
“Wards are closing, Emergency Orthopaedics and General Surgery are moving to Hastings, Senior Clinicians have categorically told me that A&E will be little more than a Minor Injuries Unit within weeks, and yet we hear that apparently the new turnaround director appointed by the chief executive and chairman is on a fee of over a quarter of a million pounds!
“Furthermore, this consultancy payment is only for a six month contract and appears to be his reward for downgrading our hospital even further.”
Mrs Walke added, “It is truly disgusting that a cash-strapped trust is spending this sort of money which would have paid for at least 10 nurses and midwives.”
Mr Grayson said a number of changes were being implemented following public consultation last year, adding, ‘The simple truth is that we can’t carry on as we are. We face a considerable financial challenge and to aid us in this task we have appointed the services of a turnaround company called Kingsgate.
“They have a successful track record in helping other NHS organisations become more efficient and effective.
“Our key priority is to deliver sustainable services and to maintain and improve the quality and safety of our services at all times.”