Huge pay rise for Basingstoke's hospital trust bosses

Mary Edwards, chief executive

Donna Green, chief operating officer

Elizabeth Padmore, chairman

Dr Andrew Bishop, medical director

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TOP managers in Basingstoke's hospital trust have received pay rises of up to 18 per cent - while frontline staff have endured a pay freeze.

The latest annual accounts reveal boardroom pay at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover - and senior managers have had huge pay rises worth up to £35,000 in 2012-13.

The trust's annual report said the rises reflected the merger of Winchester and Basingstoke hospital trusts, which meant bosses had to take on more responsibilities for a bigger, more complex organisation.

A remuneration committee set the pay levels after comparing sums paid to senior managers at other similar-sized bodies. The four executive directors received pay rises of between 10 and 18 per cent.

But the pay bonanza has angered unions. The dramatic salary rise comes at a time when most public sector pay was frozen last year and an increase capped at just one per cent this year.

Caroline Villiers, regional organiser for Unison, which represents hospital nurses, cleaners and caterers, described the top manager pay rises as “shocking.” She said: “Unison would have hoped directors would have shown more restraint. Staff have also worked hard to bring the new trust into a good position, and they were rewarded with a pay freeze.

“The merger has not been easy for staff who have had to work across sites and see posts deleted. It has been an unsettling time, and this latest news is not going to lift the current low staff morale.”

She added: “We would have preferred to see the money spent on vital services for the public or additional posts.”

The highest-earning executive director is Dr Andrew Bishop, medical director of the trust, whose pay band is now £225,000-£230,000. This is 8.8 times the average salary at the trust. Dr Bishop got a £35,000 or 18 per cent rise. His pay was £190,000-£195,000 in 2011-12.

Mary Edwards, chief executive, was handed a £25,000 pay rise for 2012-13, to bring her total pay to £190,000-£195,000. David French, chief finance officer, also received a £25,000 pay rise. His salary band is now £155,000-£160,000.

Donna Green, director of nursing and chief operating officer, saw her pay increase by £15,000 to £155,000-£160,000.

Increases of £5,000 were given to part-time non-executive directors, taking their pay to £15,000-£20,000. But Elizabeth Padmore, trust chairman, saw her salary band increase by £15,000 from £35,000-£40,000 to £50,000-£65,000.

However, overall executive director costs fell from £1million in 2012 to £713,000 in 2013 as two boards merged into one, and there are now fewer directors on six-figure salaries.

The highest paid employee was an unnamed medical consultant who was not on the board but who took home £371,000 in 2012-13.

The trust was formed when in 2012 Basingstoke Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with Mary Edwards at the helm, took over Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Healthcare Trust.

Mrs Edwards, who joined the NHS as a nurse in 1978, subsequently took charge of three Hampshire hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover, employing around 5,000 people with a £300million budget.

The trust declined to comment after being contacted on Friday morning, but pointed The Gazette to the annual report which included the statement: “The Remuneration Committee's policy for setting senior managers' pay is based upon sector comparability, aiming to be within the top quartile, to attract and retain the highest quality staff. It takes account of appraisal results, ensuring that it rewards good performance, not poor.”

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7:35am Thu 18 Jul 13

radders19 says...

Page Rise! Seriously?
Feel free to amend the headline and not leave an explanation comment so this one looks weird like normal ;-)
Page Rise! Seriously? Feel free to amend the headline and not leave an explanation comment so this one looks weird like normal ;-) radders19
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8:43am Thu 18 Jul 13

Peter_E says...

Hey radders, I mailed this problem to the news team yesterday 17th, shortly after it was posted. It has been fixed now ... I find it tricky to read stories when the headline is comically bonkers
Hey radders, I mailed this problem to the news team yesterday 17th, shortly after it was posted. It has been fixed now ... I find it tricky to read stories when the headline is comically bonkers Peter_E
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9:07am Thu 18 Jul 13

Folkestone Saint says...

So where is my wife's pay rise, she was just orthapeadic matron, now she also has trauma and surgery, she works 12 hours most days plus what she then doe's at home but only gets paid for 8 hours a day, so come on be fair pay her the other £25k she and others like her should be getting first, then put your noses in the trough
So where is my wife's pay rise, she was just orthapeadic matron, now she also has trauma and surgery, she works 12 hours most days plus what she then doe's at home but only gets paid for 8 hours a day, so come on be fair pay her the other £25k she and others like her should be getting first, then put your noses in the trough Folkestone Saint
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10:55am Fri 19 Jul 13

laurence86 says...

Between 10% and 18%! These top position jobs should be capped at inflation. In the business world the only way to get this sort of pay rise is to job switch, or take on more responsibilities (only in a good and fair company). I really do fail to see these salary are justifiable, a lot of company directors are on a lot less. In fact if you want to help cut youth unemployment you could replace the each with a team of young people. The divide between the rich and the poor is definitely growing and these sort of tax payer paid pay rises don’t help. Viva La Revolution!

Folkstone Saint, I think in these peoples mind denying your wife and others a pay is considered cost cutting. Having understaffed hospitals with a dedicated staff that put in extra unpaid hours because they care is considered cost cutting. In their minds all this cost cutting means they deserve a pay rise.
Between 10% and 18%! These top position jobs should be capped at inflation. In the business world the only way to get this sort of pay rise is to job switch, or take on more responsibilities (only in a good and fair company). I really do fail to see these salary are justifiable, a lot of company directors are on a lot less. In fact if you want to help cut youth unemployment you could replace the each with a team of young people. The divide between the rich and the poor is definitely growing and these sort of tax payer paid pay rises don’t help. Viva La Revolution! Folkstone Saint, I think in these peoples mind denying your wife and others a pay is considered cost cutting. Having understaffed hospitals with a dedicated staff that put in extra unpaid hours because they care is considered cost cutting. In their minds all this cost cutting means they deserve a pay rise. laurence86
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3:12pm Fri 19 Jul 13

JoninBasingstoke says...

Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job.

Perhaps public sector should also think like this.

If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with.
Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job. Perhaps public sector should also think like this. If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with. JoninBasingstoke
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2:07pm Sun 21 Jul 13

DarkExile66 says...

Whenever the firms I've worked for have merged or taken on more work our only reward has been to take on more work.

It's scandalous the way this country is operating with bosses helping themselves to large pay rises while freezing or cutting employee pay.
Whenever the firms I've worked for have merged or taken on more work our only reward has been to take on more work. It's scandalous the way this country is operating with bosses helping themselves to large pay rises while freezing or cutting employee pay. DarkExile66
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8:09am Mon 22 Jul 13

jonone says...

JoninBasingstoke wrote:
Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job. Perhaps public sector should also think like this. If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with.
You need to get another job then.

Where I work, bonuses are generous but not over the top - circa 5% of base salary. Regular pay rises don't quite hit inflation but in grade rises can do more than that. However, all have to be earned.

I work in the private sector.
[quote][p][bold]JoninBasingstoke[/bold] wrote: Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job. Perhaps public sector should also think like this. If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with.[/p][/quote]You need to get another job then. Where I work, bonuses are generous but not over the top - circa 5% of base salary. Regular pay rises don't quite hit inflation but in grade rises can do more than that. However, all have to be earned. I work in the private sector. jonone
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10:09pm Mon 22 Jul 13

One born every minute says...

Let's start paying MPs and hospital boards the UK average of £26-£27k. That will satisfy the masses and I am sure it will have little or no impact on the quality of individual attracted to these roles.
Let's start paying MPs and hospital boards the UK average of £26-£27k. That will satisfy the masses and I am sure it will have little or no impact on the quality of individual attracted to these roles. One born every minute
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12:14am Tue 23 Jul 13

DarkExile66 says...

Strange how people already earning 150K + need to be motivated by money whereas those on average pay are repeatedly told job satisfaction is more important and its a vocation. They could probably have scraped by on what they were already earning - and it appears they were already in position so not head hunted.

With the recent very concerning stories about lack of care in the NHS lets hope the extra money will motivate them to put patient care first - oh and maybe they could sort out the mess the country is in - as the current bunch of well paid people don't seem to know how - maybe a pay rise would help the millionaires in their efforts .

after all we're all in it together .
Strange how people already earning 150K + need to be motivated by money whereas those on average pay are repeatedly told job satisfaction is more important and its a vocation. They could probably have scraped by on what they were already earning - and it appears they were already in position so not head hunted. With the recent very concerning stories about lack of care in the NHS lets hope the extra money will motivate them to put patient care first - oh and maybe they could sort out the mess the country is in - as the current bunch of well paid people don't seem to know how - maybe a pay rise would help the millionaires in their efforts . after all we're all in it together . DarkExile66
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8:15am Tue 23 Jul 13

jonone says...

DarkExile66 wrote:
Strange how people already earning 150K + need to be motivated by money whereas those on average pay are repeatedly told job satisfaction is more important and its a vocation. They could probably have scraped by on what they were already earning - and it appears they were already in position so not head hunted. With the recent very concerning stories about lack of care in the NHS lets hope the extra money will motivate them to put patient care first - oh and maybe they could sort out the mess the country is in - as the current bunch of well paid people don't seem to know how - maybe a pay rise would help the millionaires in their efforts . after all we're all in it together .
We'll be all in it together when rich people cannot avoid paying tax, and my taxes no longer fund poor people to breed and have Sky TV whilst others are relying on food banks. Only one of those seems to get any excitement from the liberal left for some reason....
[quote][p][bold]DarkExile66[/bold] wrote: Strange how people already earning 150K + need to be motivated by money whereas those on average pay are repeatedly told job satisfaction is more important and its a vocation. They could probably have scraped by on what they were already earning - and it appears they were already in position so not head hunted. With the recent very concerning stories about lack of care in the NHS lets hope the extra money will motivate them to put patient care first - oh and maybe they could sort out the mess the country is in - as the current bunch of well paid people don't seem to know how - maybe a pay rise would help the millionaires in their efforts . after all we're all in it together .[/p][/quote]We'll be all in it together when rich people cannot avoid paying tax, and my taxes no longer fund poor people to breed and have Sky TV whilst others are relying on food banks. Only one of those seems to get any excitement from the liberal left for some reason.... jonone
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12:43pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Folkestone Saint says...

JoninBasingstoke wrote:
Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job.

Perhaps public sector should also think like this.

If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with.
So you think it is fair that my wife has to work more than 12 hours a day for an 8 hour pay packet then, and if she is too tired and makes a mistake will it be her superiors who take the blame or her?, it is not always about the money and I think it is them who are fortunate to have my wife and others like her to carry their can.
[quote][p][bold]JoninBasingstoke[/bold] wrote: Where I work your bonus for doing your job is, to keep your job. Perhaps public sector should also think like this. If they are tasked to cut costs and they do that, congratulations we will keep you on as you can do what your tasked with.[/p][/quote]So you think it is fair that my wife has to work more than 12 hours a day for an 8 hour pay packet then, and if she is too tired and makes a mistake will it be her superiors who take the blame or her?, it is not always about the money and I think it is them who are fortunate to have my wife and others like her to carry their can. Folkestone Saint
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2:56pm Tue 23 Jul 13

laurence86 says...

Looking at the pictures of these four two things are very apparent, 1 having lots of money to spend on cloths is no guaranty of style and 2 you really can’t buy happiness.
Looking at the pictures of these four two things are very apparent, 1 having lots of money to spend on cloths is no guaranty of style and 2 you really can’t buy happiness. laurence86
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