MP criticism over salary hike of hospital boss

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has criticised the ‘whopping’ £20,000-plus rise in salary and benefits received by hospital boss Darren Grayson over the past three financial years. As East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said it faces a deficit budget of £19.4million this year the politician, said he found the figure ‘extraordinary’.

Figures published in the trust’s annual report last year show the salary of Mr Grayson, chief excutive of the trust, as between £150,000 - £155,000 in 2010/11 and in 2011/12 between £170,000 and £175,000. The amounts were also documented in a Freedom of Information ( FOI) request by the politician after he requested the salaries of all senior managers at the trust - which are not included in the annual report. After all the FOI figures were released the trust said the figures showed that its management costs as a percentage of its overall budget today are lower than they were in 2007.

Mr Lloyd said, “I find it extraordinary that while everyone else in the public sector has had their wages frozen for the last few years and our hospital trust is reeling from the news that it faces a deficit of £19.4 million this year, the chief executive, somehow managed to receive a salary and benefits rise between 2010 and 2012 of a whopping £20,000 plus.”

An East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said, “Under the leadership of the Trust Board the Trust continues to take action to secure the future clinical and financial sustainability of the health services it provides to the population of East Sussex. Over the last three years the Board has addressed a number of deep seated patient safety and quality issues and has made difficult decisions where these have been required.”