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NHS boss David Flory handed £410,000 pay-off

Published 29/09/2015

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised David Flory's 'wise counsel, advice and judgment'
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised David Flory's 'wise counsel, advice and judgment'

An NHS boss and adviser to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has received a pay-off worth £410,000 on top of his annual salary, figures show.

David Flory announced in March that he was stepping down as chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA).

Annual TDA accounts show Mr Flory received a salary worth £205,000 to £210,000 plus pension benefits.

On top of this, he received a settlement worth £410,000 to £415,000 after finishing his "fixed-term" appointment.

The report said: "David Flory received a termination payment within the band £410,000-£415,000 in accordance with a settlement agreement agreed on completion of a fixed-term appointment set out in 2012."

When Mr Flory stood down, Mr Hunt said: "I have immensely valued David's wise counsel, advice and judgment, and in particular his ability to find solutions to problems that often appear intractable.

"But most of all I have come to admire the values that lie underneath that ability: a real commitment to doing the right thing for patients and safer, more compassionate care."

Unite union national officer for health Barrie Brown said the pay-off was another reward for failure "that sickens the public".

He added: "Legislation before MPs aims to cap all public sector pay-offs at £95,000 before Christmas - David Flory's pay-off is four times that amount.

"The question has to be asked - how many more public sector bosses are going to sneak under the wire with outrageous pay-offs before the legislation comes into force?

"The public sector bosses leaving before the cap is introduced could be likened to Gaderene swine rushing headlong into a sea of cash.

"The rationale for such a pay-off is a mystery at a time when the NHS is faced with very real cuts to budgets and services. Perhaps Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could shed some light on this pay-off?"

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "At a time when the NHS cannot afford the cash to employ sufficient numbers of staff on the wards, there is simply no justification for such eye-wateringly huge payouts.

"It must be galling for NHS workers who have had their pay held down for many years to see senior executives getting such golden goodbyes.

"The Government says it plans to bring in an 'exit payment cap' next year, but the fear is that the losers are likely to be middle-income health and care staff with a long service, rather than the very senior executives with their excessive exit handouts."

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: "This reflects over 20 years at board level where his dedication and exceptional service were invaluable to the NHS.

"However, we understand public concern about executive pay, which is why we're clamping down on senior NHS managers' salaries and capping redundancy pay."

Under the Government's most recent pay offer, pay-outs will be capped at £160,000 rather than £500,000 plus for the highest paid staff.

Rehana Azam, national officer of the GMB union, said: "Ït is high time that a stop was put to this type of rip-off."

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