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Departing Welsh Health Boss Gets Payout Equal to Five Nurses' Salaries

A health board is to be asked why it agreed a £163,000 payout to its departing chief executive, amid claims of a 'lack of clarity' about circumstances surrounding his departure.

 

Paul Roberts, inset, and Morriston Hospital, one of the facilities he was in charge of

The question is being asked by an AM who said there was 'a lack of clarity' over the situation at ABMU.

Paul Roberts left his post with ABMU Health Board in March, having served the role for the past five years.

The health board agreed a £50,000 payment in lieu of notice, on top of £113,213 for terminating his employment - the combined equivalent of five average nurse salaries.

But Suzy Davies AM is calling on the board to give a more thorough explanation.

She said: “Mr Roberts said in March that he had promised to give ABMU five years and he had kept that pledge and it was time for him to move on to other healthcare challenges.

“If Mr Roberts left of his own volition having completed his five years, why is he entitled to money in lieu of notice? Was Mr Roberts on a five-year contract or not?

“The appointment of an interim chief executive suggests that ABMU were not aware of Mr Roberts’s five-year plan and that this was not a fixed contract.

“If it is his choice to go as he’s always intended to move on after five years, as opposed to unforeseen personal or health reasons, then the relevant notice period should have been worked under the terms of his contract or waived at Mr Roberts’s expense.

“I cannot see why the taxpayer should be handing him a wodge of £50,000 – especially when an interim chief executive had to be found quickly and, I imagine, be paid on the correct salary scale. It’s also curious when the health board itself is in financial straits and overspent by £35m last year.

“I will be pressing chairman Andrew Davies to explain this inconsistency.

“If a manager chooses to leave, then there should be no question of any termination payments or money in lieu of notice. In the real world that the rest of us live in, when you give up your job voluntarily, you do not get compensated. You just go.”

A spokesman for ABMU Health Board said: “Paul Roberts left his position of ABMU chief executive earlier this year by mutual agreement with the health board.

“The settlement was part of that agreement and it was formally agreed by our remuneration committee.”

 

Source: Nino Williams, WalesOnline

 

 

Departing Welsh Health Boss Gets Payout Equal to Five Nurses' Salaries

 
 
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