Health bosses accused of wasting cash on 'non-jobs'

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HEALTH bosses were yesterday accused of wasting more than £850,000 a year on “non-jobs” like equality and diversity officers.

New figures obtained by the TaxPayers Alliance show £874,548 was spent last year for salaries and pensions for 21 roles at four authorities which provide county NHS care.

They include £35,536 for an equality and diversity manager at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust paid the same for a “learning environment lead” and £26,586 for a “leadership development manager”.

Most roles, 13, were in communications departments, whose responsibilities include answering queries from the media.

TaxPayers’ Alliance has labelled these as “non jobs” and chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: “Taxpayers expect the health budget to be spent on real doctors, not spin doctors.

“The NHS employs far too many people in jobs that do nothing to deliver frontline patient care.

“It’s time for health chiefs to launch a war on waste and ensure the NHS budget is spent on patients rather than squandered on bureaucrats.”

Trust spokesman Alison Barnes said: “Alongside frontline staff we also need to employ people in a variety of support roles to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation and delivery of services.”

She said the equality and diversity officer is to “make sure that our patient care is responsive to the needs of all patients” and for the trust to meet legal duties.

The energy manager ensures energy usage “is as efficient as possible” and the media team handles its website, more than 1,000 annual media queries, social media, communication and events.

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Oxford Health spokesman Lorcan O’Neill said: “Every post at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is designed to contribute cost-effectively directly or indirectly towards patient care.”

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group spokesman Chris Birdsall said its equality and access manager worked to “help vulnerable people who might otherwise find it difficult to access NHS services to do so promptly and effectively”.

South Central Ambulance Service Matt George said its equality and diversity manager is to “ensure that fairness is built in to all services” and must be ready to communicate with the public over a “large scale” incident.

Oxford East Labour MP Andrew Smith said: “Bureaucracy must be kept to a minimum; but the clinical effort does need to be supported by non-clinical staff, and I think it’s wrong simply to brand these staff as ‘bureaucrats’ who can be dispensed with.”

Where some of the money is spent.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

  • Associate director communications and marketing: £68,854.
  • Senior communications manager, head of stakeholder engagement: £49,492.
  • Communications manager: £40,511.
  • Communications manager (academic health science network): £40,511.
  • Communications manager (research): £40,511.
  • Energy manager: £40,511.
  • Equality and diversity manager: £40,511.
  • Press and communications officer: £33,925.
  • Senior communications officer: £33,925.
  • Communications officer: £27,716.
  • Web communications officer: £27,716.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Marketing and communications manager: £41,309.
  • Learning environment lead: £40,511.
  • Communications manager: £40,178.
  • Equality and diversity officer: £30,884.
  • Communications and involvement assistant: £30,308.
  • Leadership development manager: £30,308.
  • Marketing and media officer: £30,308.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

  • Equality and access manager: £40,511.

South Central Ambulance service.

  • Head of communications and public relations: £99,850.
  • Equality and diversity manager: £45,198 .

Source: TaxPayers’ Alliance

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7:17am Tue 1 Apr 14

Myron Blatz says...

Where would we all be without someone ensuring that we have equality and diversity? Probably a lot better off, and not feeling like we were being restricted by unequal opportunity, with admin people ensuring their own job security by ever-increasing the rainbow-tape and bureaucratic lunacy with which administration officials thrive upon, in their self-created parallel universes - possibly only eclipsed by local politicians and the councils which they run! Also seem to recall reading once that for every doctor and nurse, there were probably 10 admin people in-support and taking the lion's share of any budget increases which successive governments always award the NHS to try to 'buy-off' voters. That may not be true, or might just be a nasty rumour put about by NHS admin people trying to prove how important they have made themselves, when the Coalition is trying to slash-to-ribbons the public sector wages bill, over-inflated by admin - yet another 'catch-22' for which joe-public gets clobbered by the world's?7th-richest nation on Earth - or the UK, as it is currently still known.
Where would we all be without someone ensuring that we have equality and diversity? Probably a lot better off, and not feeling like we were being restricted by unequal opportunity, with admin people ensuring their own job security by ever-increasing the rainbow-tape and bureaucratic lunacy with which administration officials thrive upon, in their self-created parallel universes - possibly only eclipsed by local politicians and the councils which they run! Also seem to recall reading once that for every doctor and nurse, there were probably 10 admin people in-support and taking the lion's share of any budget increases which successive governments always award the NHS to try to 'buy-off' voters. That may not be true, or might just be a nasty rumour put about by NHS admin people trying to prove how important they have made themselves, when the Coalition is trying to slash-to-ribbons the public sector wages bill, over-inflated by admin - yet another 'catch-22' for which joe-public gets clobbered by the world's?7th-richest nation on Earth - or the UK, as it is currently still known. Myron Blatz
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12:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Idiotic money wasted on idiotic positions where idiots are usaly employed, all in the name of political correctness.

The money would be much better spent on more front line staff in places such as the Warneford which had hardly any staff over this last weekend leaving some people who needed and deserved the best attention due to their conditions with none at all.

Disgusting state of affairs and last Friday Cameron is there doing a tree planting photo call, yet behind the scenes the staffing levels were almost zero, no money, no resources, no food in some buildings, the whole system on the point of collapse yet "photo call Dave " there again having his mug shot taken , just like Nero with his fiddle as all collapses around him. NHS safe with the coalition, not on this showing it isn't.

A specialist unit in a specialist hospital, with NO STAFF, yet they can find money to spin the PM on the pretense all is well, total bozzwillox.
Idiotic money wasted on idiotic positions where idiots are usaly employed, all in the name of political correctness. The money would be much better spent on more front line staff in places such as the Warneford which had hardly any staff over this last weekend leaving some people who needed and deserved the best attention due to their conditions with none at all. Disgusting state of affairs and last Friday Cameron is there doing a tree planting photo call, yet behind the scenes the staffing levels were almost zero, no money, no resources, no food in some buildings, the whole system on the point of collapse yet "photo call Dave " there again having his mug shot taken , just like Nero with his fiddle as all collapses around him. NHS safe with the coalition, not on this showing it isn't. A specialist unit in a specialist hospital, with NO STAFF, yet they can find money to spin the PM on the pretense all is well, total bozzwillox. the wizard
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10:02am Mon 14 Apr 14

FrediW says...

The Tax payers alliance have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. If they think that better health outcomes come only from having clinical staff paid in health, they are living in cloud cuckoo land! There are plenty of "so-called non-jobs" that have an important function around supporting clinical staff, making sure that the wider community have access to care and that the health care providers are involved in their communities and understanding their patients needs. Winterbourne View, and Mid Staffs happened precisely because Equality and Diversity managers were not effectively involved, as well as poor training and other factors.
It is a simple view that equates Equality and Diversity with political correctness, rather it is equity and quality of care that effective equality and diversity embeds, especially across wider communities.
The Tax payers alliance have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. If they think that better health outcomes come only from having clinical staff paid in health, they are living in cloud cuckoo land! There are plenty of "so-called non-jobs" that have an important function around supporting clinical staff, making sure that the wider community have access to care and that the health care providers are involved in their communities and understanding their patients needs. Winterbourne View, and Mid Staffs happened precisely because Equality and Diversity managers were not effectively involved, as well as poor training and other factors. It is a simple view that equates Equality and Diversity with political correctness, rather it is equity and quality of care that effective equality and diversity embeds, especially across wider communities. FrediW
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