New boss costs trust £35k more

Juliet Walters
Juliet Walters

AN interim chief executive appointed to run the troubled trust which manages the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) is being paid at least £35,000 a year more than his predecessor.

Eric Morton, 60, is being paid between £185,000 and £190,000 pro rata – the same amount he previously received as chief executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Eric Morton

Eric Morton

After quitting that post earlier this month, Mr Morton became interim chief executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBFT), replacing former chief executive, Tony Halsall, who was paid between £145,000 and £150,000.

On February 29, the trust had a £2.19m deficit – £1.56m worse than planned.

Mr Halsall resigned in February after criticism over understaffing of A&E at the RLI and maternity unit deaths at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

New chief operating officer Juliet Walters, who has joined on secondment from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is on a salary of between £77,000 and £97,000.

She replaces former director of operations Steven Vaughan, who left his £100,000-£110,000 role last December.

Meanwhile, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Peter Dyer, is stepping down as medical director after six years. George Nasmyth, general and colorectal surgeon and associate medical director will replace him until a permanent replacement is found.

Mr Morton this week admitted the trust had “let people down”, but said he had already seen “a lot of good work”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-03-12) for full story.