Health chiefs defend chief executive’s pay

HEALTH chiefs have defended the £300,000 a year cost of a Doncaster hospital boss by comparing his pay with other senior jobs.

Peter Reading was paid £230,000 as interim chief executive of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the 12 months to March. The deal included an additional fee of £59,000 plus VAT paid to an agency, for arranging his services, taking the total to £300,000.

But a spokeswoman said chief executives at other trusts were earning more when other costs where taken into account such as national insurance and pension contributions, which would add 24 per cent to the costs of the other trusts.

She said a similar post in Sheffield paid up to £220,000, Leeds paid £225,000, Hull and East Yorkshire paid £200,000, and Mid Yorks paid £195,000.

She said: “Peter Reading’s remuneration does not include employer’s and other costs of 24 per cent. Therefore his equivalent remuneration is, at most, £178,600.”