Beaumont critical of hospital staff bonus payments

Contributed by editor on Apr 03, 2008 - 12:00 PM

Hospital bosses are coming under fire for their decision to give
every full-time member of staff a £250 bonus.

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East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Kent
and Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, William Harvey,
Buckland and Royal Victoria hospitals, has saved over £20m this
financial year and was allowed to retain £7.5m of its surplus.

£1.5m is being used to reward staff and
£6m will be reinvested in services.

Shepway Lib Dem Leader, Lynne Beaumont, has said the money should have
been used to employ more nursing staff and retaining the Royal Victoria

Cllr Beaumont said: "The whole reason for closure of wards at the Royal
Victoria was because there was no money and now we are told they are
£7.5m under-spent.

"It is not a bad idea to reward staff, but they deserve far more than

"The whole point is the budget is being mismanaged.

"That £1.5m could have provided more nursing staff in the front line and
taken pressure off the people who have really worked their socks off in
the last year.

"It is very odd and people are very angry."


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