IMG_6225.JPGAs West Lancashire health services face privatisation, the chair of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr John Caine, is pocketing up to £140,000 of taxpayer’s money for his part-time role.

According to NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s own published figures, Dr Caine received for 2015-16 salary /fees between £105,000 and £110,000 plus pension benefit payments between £27,500 and £30,000.  A total annual package of up to £140,000.  This is in addition to any salary payments he receives as a GP at his Parbold Surgery practice, where he is a partner.

Having read this information, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has tabled a series of Parliamentary questions to the Health Secretary on how payment levels of clinical commissioning groups are set, especially as West Lancashire CCG is one of the smaller commissioning bodies in the country.

MP Rosie said:

“On reading the Clinical Commissioning Group’s annual report it was staggering to see the financial package that is paid to the part-time chair of one of the smaller CCG’s in the country.  This is before you add on any salary he receives from continuing to practice as a GP.

“When you consider that the median annual wage for West Lancashire is £20,836.40, this puts into context the chair receiving up to £30,000 in pension benefits alone.

“In neighbouring Knowsley, the CCG Chair receives a payment of £55,000 to £60,000.  A CCG which is has a larger population than West Lancashire.  What is so different in the roles that Dr Caine believes a package of up to £140,000 offers twice the value for money as his Knowsley counterpart?

“I strongly believe that NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group who have responsibility for setting their own pay levels need to justify the current salary levels and review if they are appropriate in the current financial climate within the NHS.  Especially as we are talking about a part-time role.

“At a time when residents are struggling to get an appointment with their GP, health budgets are being cut and services are under incredible pressure the salary arrangements at West Lancashire CCG need to be scrutinised.

“Here we have a chair who is currently being paid by the taxpayers of West Lancashire and is set on privatising their health services and threatening the future of their local NHS hospital.  He needs to justify to the residents of West Lancashire the salary and actions he is taking in their name.”

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