By George Stephens • 25 October 2019 • 13:57
A failing British health board is paying a Marbella based “recovery consultant” £1,990 a day to tell them how to save money.
Philip Burns is employed by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board as a “recovery director”.
Burns works from his home reported to be Marbella and for just one day a week.
He has nine-month contract, which will pay him more than £350,000.
Burns is one of five staff contracted on interim contracts by the north Wales health board, it has been reported. The other four earn:
£1,000 a day for a six month contract for the interim managing director at Wrexham Maelor Hospital
£1,380 per day for a full-time, two month contract for the interim director of acute services
£1,118 per day for a a six month contract for the interim Managing Director at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
£715 a day for the interim head of planned care improvement for six months.
Betsi Cadwaladr health board was put on special measures in 2015 because of serious and outstanding financial concerns over a period of time. 4 years later, the health board is still under the special measures with it’s financial situation getting allegdelly worse holding the title of the worst performing health board in Wales.
According to the health board yesterday, they said they are paying the market rate!
In Wales Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Gruffydd asked the Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething about how and why external consultants are being used by the health board in North Wales.
He replied “The health board uses external consultants to provide additional expertise in specific areas. This has recently included specialist turnaround expertise to urgently address its financial position and deliver on the recommendations and feedback from the public accounts committee and the finance delivery unit.”
Mr Gruffydd The Welsh Assembley minister added “This is the man who is, apparently, behind the intention to change nursing rotas, apparently, which is something that’s caused great concern among nurses in north Wales and does undermine much of the goodwill that has existed between nurses and their employers. Now, it appears that his salary is greater than the savings that that would generate.”
Burn’s financial contract details and that of other persons hired by the health board, was given to the AM via an anonymous letter from a member of the health boards staff.
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