The reported pay-off of £410,000 to the chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) was described as ‘a disgraceful reward for mediocre performance’ by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Tuesday 29 September).
Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, was scathing about the pay-off just weeks before MPs are due to legislate on capping public sector pay-offs at £95,000.
Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “This is a disgraceful reward for a mediocre performance as NHS TDA chief executive. David Flory’s brief was to ensure that all NHS trusts became NHS foundation trusts – he has failed to achieve this corporate goal. This is another reward for failure that sickens the public.
“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 Gadarene swine rushing headlong into a sea of cash.
“This is particularly insensitive given the current dispute that the government has with junior doctors over their pay and conditions which, if it is not resolved fairly, will see hundreds of talented young doctors going abroad to work.
“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?”
David Flory announced in March that he was standing down as chief executive of the TDA, an arm of the health department that oversees NHS trusts, which has since merged with Monitor, another NHS regulator, to form NHS Improvement.
The authority’s annual accounts show Flory was given a “termination payment” of between £410,000 and £415,000 in addition to his £235,000 salary.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.