Suffolk MP slams 'profligate' redundancy pay to NHS bosses

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Media captionHealth minister Dr Dan Poulter described the payouts as "a waste of taxpayers money"

A health minister has criticised "profligate" redundancy payments amounting to nearly £3m made to former managers of the defunct NHS Midlands and East.

Conservative junior health minister Dr Dan Poulter, said he was now trying "to claw them back".

He said the rules had been set by the previous Labour administration and would now be changed.

The Department of Health is expected to comment later.

The highest amount of £407,746 was paid to Sir Neil McKay, the authority's former chief executive.

In the final accounts it was shown he also received a payment in lieu of notice, of £12,500.

Moosa Patel, director of public affairs, received a pay-off of about £180,000 and her salary had been more than £105,000, the accounts reveal.

Thirteen other managers from the former NHS Midlands and East received redundancy payments of more than £100,000 and the total bill was £2,878,000.

The organisation covered the whole of the East of England, the East and West Midlands.

'Unacceptable terms'

Its functions were handed over last year to Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Dr Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: "This is a profligate waste of taxpayers' money and we are doing our best to claw it back.

"These are unacceptable redundancy terms which we inherited from the Labour government.

"People on the front line will feel kicked in the teeth when senior managers are getting such big pay outs."

He said the reorganisation had brought about savings of £1.5 billion, which would be reinvested in front line services.

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