AN MP has defended a £105,000 NHS pay packet for just four months’ work for an interim chief executive.
Conservative Sir Tony Baldry said the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) payment was “appropriate”.
Yesterday we reported how Mr Wilson was paid £105,000 to £110,000 – it would not reveal the exact amount – for December 10 to March 31.
He was brought in to turn around the troubled organisation, launched on April 1 as part of a national shake-up aimed at involving GPs more.
It decides where most NHS cash is spent and avoided a £6.9m deficit at the end of 2013/14 after hospital bosses agreed to write off some bills.
Sir Tony said: “Before Ian Wilson arrived, OCCG was heading for a significant deficit which would have been of no benefit to anyone locally.
“During the time he has been in post, he has managed to turn the OCCG around to end the year in a surplus and he has been paid appropriately for that task.”
Oxford East Labour Andrew Smith yesterday said the salary – equivalent to at least £1,363 a day – was to get OCCG out of the “financial mess” from a “wholly unnecessary reorganisation”.
Full-time chief executive David Smith will start on Monday on a pay scale of £120,000 to £150,000.
County Conservative MPs David Cameron, Ed Vaizey, Nicola Blackwood had yet to comment.
The OCCG yesterday said interim pay can be “significantly higher due to the difficult nature of the work”.
Our top stories:
3:37pm Friday 9th October 2015
A 19-year-old woman killed in a crash on the A40 this morning has been named locally as Katy Pancott.
7:00am Friday 9th October 2015
A MOTHER who received horrific burns in a caravan fire has spoken of her two-year fight to recover from her injuries.
6:24pm Friday 9th October 2015
A car crash has blocked part of the slip road off the A34 this afternoon.
6:26pm Friday 9th October 2015
AN AUTISTIC teenager who died during a stay at an NHS unit had been improving and making friends, an inquest heard.
4:23pm Friday 9th October 2015
A BROKEN-down caravan is causing traffic delays in Headington.
3:10pm Friday 9th October 2015
A "DANGEROUS" rapist and a second man who tried to damage his victims' character have been jailed.
4:07pm Friday 9th October 2015
THE WOMAN who fatally stabbed a 23-year-old man in her Banbury home feared she had "ruined" her life, a court was told.
6:52am Friday 9th October 2015
A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a 19-year-old woman was killed in a crash on the A40 this morning.
9:00am Friday 9th October 2015
WHILE no hall of residence room is complete without a mug tree, students in Oxford are quite hung up on how to fill their wardrobes.
8:00am Friday 9th October 2015
MUSICIANS had their hopes for a new concert hall in Oxford dashed after a study said it would not be successful.
6:30am Friday 9th October 2015
FRIENDS of a mum who was in a coma for five months after suffering horrific burns have praised her strength for pulling through.
6:00am Friday 9th October 2015
A FILM aiming to break down the stigma surrounding homeless people in Oxfordshire will premiere tonight at an Oxford cinema.
5:10pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was raped in Barns Road, Cowley on her way to the bus stop.
5:00pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a crash in Bicester.