Since the salary package of up to £140,000 for the part-time role of chair of West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was revealed, local residents have been asking what he actually does for this money. West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has put those questions to West Lancashire CCG, the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England.
Following the revelation of the bumper pay package, which is more than double the £55,000 to £60,000 salary of the CCG chair in neighbouring Knowsley, MP Rosie Cooper submitted a Freedom of Information request to the CCG to obtain more details about the chair’s financial package.
According to the information provided by West Lancashire CCG the chair is contracted for 1248 hours per annum which includes breaks and an annual leave entitlement of 148.5 hours per year.
Dr Caine is paid £350 per session and a session lasts 4.25 hours. For an 8.5 hours working day that is £700. He chairs the CCG board meetings of which there were six meetings last year (2015-16) along with the weekly clinical executive committee and the monthly CCG membership committee meetings.
Given the CCG chair is contracted for such a significant amount of hours, this has raised questions about what he actually does with his time given this is a non-executive role.
Responding to this latest information, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Every time more information is revealed about the contractual arrangements for the chair of West Lancashire CCG the more questions it raises.
“West Lancashire CCG need to explain clearly and in detail why the chair is contracted for so many hours at a rate of £350 per 4.25 hours session.
“One of the questions is do the CCG actually monitor the number of hours Dr Caine is spending on CCG work and if the roles and responsibilities he is undertaking are appropriate for his position.
“Dr Caine is not actually doing the day to day running of the CCG, that is the role of the full-time staff. Yet the Chief Officer is the only person who is paid more than the part-time chair.
“Whilst the CCG report the salary figures in their annual report it is time they were fully open, transparent and accountable to the people of West Lancashire.
“It is time they explain what duties and responsibilities the chair actually undertakes that demands such a disproportionately high salary payment.”