Apparently the man tasked with turning around an £11m deficit at the Guildford Hospital – which serves “Your Waverley” was paid £60,000 a month for turning around a hospital in his last job. Wonder if he’s earning a nice little earner here.
According to a hospital spokesman, Stephen Leivers is highly experienced in turning around and transforming hospitals.
So we can all feel confident that an annual salary of around £700,000/£800,000 a year is a true reflection of what the man is worth… well it must be, mustn’t it?
So why then is the hospital board so shy about saying exactly how much it is paying Mr Leivers, who is working alongside the executive leadership to spearhead the trust’s recovery plan? Perhaps because even it believes that this vulgar sum is a tad too much?
In addition to looking at the huge deficit, NHS Improvements stepped in due to the trust missing national targets, including A & E waiting times . Its agency staff bill of £18,53m last year went “slightly” over its target of less than £5.65m.
The hospital’s financial situation halted a proposed merger with Ashford & St Peter’s Hospital and halted a new urology centre, which was part funded by the Prostate Project. Lots of local people heaved a huge sigh of relief at that news – they had all heard about the trolley waits there that stretch as far as the eye can see!
The Trust has to make savings of £22.5m this financial year. Well it could take a leaf out of the book of Ashford & St Peter’s – leave old folk languishing in nursing homes awaiting ambulance pick-ups and chucking them out in the middle of the night, telling them they are safer in their own homes! After all if you didn’t treat patients, then you could save a bomb – couldn’t you?
But don’t worry according to Waverley’s Daft Local Housing Plan, there is a new hospital on the cards for Cranleigh?