MP Amess in Commons pop at 'overpaid' chiefs of mental health trust

Southend Standard: MP targets mental health trust bosses' pay MP targets mental health trust bosses' pay

A TORY MP has criticised NHS bosses’ pay and branded salaries for a south Essex mental health trust a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Speaking in the House of Commons, David Amess – MP for Southend West – backed proposals to cap redundancy payouts for top civil servants and NHS executives.

He spoke during a debate on the Queen’s Speech, during which he criticised salaries for bosses at South Essex Partnership Trust, which helps people suffering from mental health issues.

During his Commons speech, Mr Amess said: “While I am on the subject of the civil service, I should say I absolutely approve of the legislation in the Gracious Speech to crack down on the ridiculous situation in which highly-paid civil servants and NHS executives get large redundancy pay-offs before getting a similar job in the same year.

“Senior civil servants and NHS executives, such as those at the mental health foundation in the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which serves my constituency, are paid far too much.

“That is a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money.”

In 2012/13, Dr Patrick Geoghegan, chief executive of the trust, earned more than £215,000. Pauline Roberts, executive medical director, earned more than £185,000 and Ray Jennings, executive chief finance officer, took home more than £150,000.

However, the trust has defended its salaries, saying they are necessary to attract quality staff.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The board of directors remuneration committee, the membership of which comprises wholly of independent nonexecutive directors of the trust, has responsibility for reviewing and setting executive and senior manager salaries.

“In setting salary levels, the committee balances the need to attract, retain and motivate directors of the required quality.

“It also ensures salaries are in line with equivalent roles in comparable foundation trusts and feels the remuneration executives receive reflects the complex and extremely challenging roles these individuals fulfil.”

The spokesman added: “As a public sector body, we continually review our spend from the public purse. When the new chief executive took up her post in September 2013, she undertook a rigorous and robust review of executive director numbers on the board.

This resulted in an overall reduction of three posts.

“We have invited Mr Amess to meet with the trust on a number of occasions, but disappointingly he has declined.

That invitation remains open.”

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6:18pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Nebs says...

MP's should be on 5 year fixed term contracts. They get a chunk if they are booted out of office.
MP's should be on 5 year fixed term contracts. They get a chunk if they are booted out of office. Nebs
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10:30pm Tue 10 Jun 14

runwellian says...

This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care?

How can he criticise a service he has never visited?

It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents.

Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!.
This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care? How can he criticise a service he has never visited? It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents. Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!. runwellian
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9:50am Wed 11 Jun 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Amess' comments about "a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money" are a bit rich coming from a man who has taken full advantage of the MP expenses gravy train, also paid for by us taxpayers.
Amess' comments about "a terrible waste of taxpayers’ money" are a bit rich coming from a man who has taken full advantage of the MP expenses gravy train, also paid for by us taxpayers. Gaz Michaels
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10:06am Wed 11 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Aimess is a waste of taxpayers money.
Aimess is a waste of taxpayers money. Howard Cháse
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10:08am Wed 11 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

runwellian wrote:
This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care?

How can he criticise a service he has never visited?

It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents.

Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!.
He ran away from Basildon because he was frightened that he wouldn't be returned to Parliament. He wasn't chucked out.

Dole office visits fortnightly for Dave come the next election I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care? How can he criticise a service he has never visited? It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents. Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!.[/p][/quote]He ran away from Basildon because he was frightened that he wouldn't be returned to Parliament. He wasn't chucked out. Dole office visits fortnightly for Dave come the next election I reckon. Howard Cháse
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12:23pm Wed 11 Jun 14

the citizen says...

Making it clear that I did not vote for him..........
If you look at the last 3 General Elections David has won by a clear majority. The only party who comes close to him is the Liberals and we may see their vote collapse. There would have to be an unprecedented swing to either Labour or UKIP to unseat him at the next election. So talk of Job Centre visits is more hopeful than based on electoral history. But then history is always to be written, so maybe we will see one of the biggest swings away from the Tories that this country has ever known.
Making it clear that I did not vote for him.......... If you look at the last 3 General Elections David has won by a clear majority. The only party who comes close to him is the Liberals and we may see their vote collapse. There would have to be an unprecedented swing to either Labour or UKIP to unseat him at the next election. So talk of Job Centre visits is more hopeful than based on electoral history. But then history is always to be written, so maybe we will see one of the biggest swings away from the Tories that this country has ever known. the citizen
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4:28pm Fri 13 Jun 14

runwellian says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
runwellian wrote:
This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care?

How can he criticise a service he has never visited?

It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents.

Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!.
He ran away from Basildon because he was frightened that he wouldn't be returned to Parliament. He wasn't chucked out.

Dole office visits fortnightly for Dave come the next election I reckon.
Great news, and about time to!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: This is the MP that sees southend riddled with crime as a second city of culture, so what would he know about mental health care? How can he criticise a service he has never visited? It is his government that continually cuts the budget for mental health care but when challenged about his expenses, he hides in a hairdressers, too scared to face his own constituents. Basildon chucked him out, time Southend did the same!.[/p][/quote]He ran away from Basildon because he was frightened that he wouldn't be returned to Parliament. He wasn't chucked out. Dole office visits fortnightly for Dave come the next election I reckon.[/p][/quote]Great news, and about time to! runwellian
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