Ambulance boss' £232,000 annual salary defended as value for money

Ambulance boss' £232,000 annual salary defended as value for money

Ambulance boss' £232,000 annual salary defended as value for money

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An ambulance chief is earning £50,000 per year extra for leading services in our region.

Anthony Marsh became chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service in January, combining the role with the same position in the West Midlands.

Dr Marsh works a 70-hour week to justify his combined £232,000 annual salary, an ambulance service spokesman said.

A national newspaper article has criticised Dr Marsh’s pay package, claiming he is one of the highest paid public servants in the country.

He was chief executive of the former Essex Ambulance Service, which merged with other trusts in the region in 2006, and has held senior posts at ambulance trusts across the country.

Last March, Dr Marsh led a review of the East of England trust, which criticised the amount of time patients were being made to wait for ambulances.

In December, it was announced he would take on a troubleshooting role in the region, working four days per week in the East of England, on secondment from the West Midlands.

In April this year, the East of England trust scored top marks in a patient satisfaction survey.

Labour MP Tom Watson criticised Dr Marsh’s £232,000 salary as a “banker-style” top-up.

But ambulance bosses claim the combined role saves the taxpayer £130,000 per year.

A joint statement by the ambulance services said: “Mr Marsh is now responsible for the running of both organisations, doing the job of two chief executives.

“He is not, however, earning the salaries of two chief executives.

“On average, Mr Marsh works at least 70 hours a week to ensure both areas receive his full attention.

“East of England Ambulance Service was a failing trust.

“Since his appointment as interim chief executive, Mr Marsh has brought in brand new frontline vehicles and almost 400 new staff.

“The organisation has turned a corner.”

The spokesman said 11 chief fire officers and ten police chief constables serve the two regions Dr Marsh oversees.

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10:19am Mon 21 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

This is not only vile and vulgar it highlights why the NHS don't have money for the important things like nurses and equipment. This Guy will milk it for all its worth until he gets criticized and just like all the rest resigns when it gets hot in the kitchen!
This is not only vile and vulgar it highlights why the NHS don't have money for the important things like nurses and equipment. This Guy will milk it for all its worth until he gets criticized and just like all the rest resigns when it gets hot in the kitchen! totallyfootball
  • Score: 10

10:50am Mon 21 Jul 14

sam vines says...

How much of the 70hrs a week is spent travelling between the Midlands and East of England. A 14hr day is not unusual in the private sector.
How much of the 70hrs a week is spent travelling between the Midlands and East of England. A 14hr day is not unusual in the private sector. sam vines
  • Score: 7

11:23am Mon 21 Jul 14

Ontheball says...

Yet another 'jobs for the boys' appointment that just don't stand up to scrutiny. How the hell can you run two massive ambulance trusts with one chief executive. It shows just how incompetent the NHS managers are in appointing someone who cannot give all of their time to the one trust.

The money he gets is abhorent.
Yet another 'jobs for the boys' appointment that just don't stand up to scrutiny. How the hell can you run two massive ambulance trusts with one chief executive. It shows just how incompetent the NHS managers are in appointing someone who cannot give all of their time to the one trust. The money he gets is abhorent. Ontheball
  • Score: 5

11:26am Mon 21 Jul 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues.
No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense.
His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000.
He should be on no more than £150,000
An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times.
This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues. No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense. His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000. He should be on no more than £150,000 An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 6

11:36am Mon 21 Jul 14

jut1972 says...

A CEO would do 70 hours a week anyway. Justifying it on that basis says a lot about the hours considered normal in the public sector.
A CEO would do 70 hours a week anyway. Justifying it on that basis says a lot about the hours considered normal in the public sector. jut1972
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Mon 21 Jul 14

micksmercs says...

InspectorMontalbano wrote:
This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues.
No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense.
His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000.
He should be on no more than £150,000
An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times.
Are you saying that an ambulance driver earns £40,000 a year,surely not?
[quote][p][bold]InspectorMontalbano[/bold] wrote: This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues. No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense. His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000. He should be on no more than £150,000 An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times.[/p][/quote]Are you saying that an ambulance driver earns £40,000 a year,surely not? micksmercs
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

sam vines wrote:
How much of the 70hrs a week is spent travelling between the Midlands and East of England. A 14hr day is not unusual in the private sector.
A 14 hour day is the norm for most of us leaving home in the morning to getting back at night, this bloke is nothing special, he knew exactly what he was doing when he took this job, its not as if his wage has improved ambulance times one jot!
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: How much of the 70hrs a week is spent travelling between the Midlands and East of England. A 14hr day is not unusual in the private sector.[/p][/quote]A 14 hour day is the norm for most of us leaving home in the morning to getting back at night, this bloke is nothing special, he knew exactly what he was doing when he took this job, its not as if his wage has improved ambulance times one jot! totallyfootball
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Mon 21 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness!
The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Mon 21 Jul 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

micksmercs wrote:
InspectorMontalbano wrote:
This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues.
No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense.
His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000.
He should be on no more than £150,000
An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times.
Are you saying that an ambulance driver earns £40,000 a year,surely not?
I should have said up to or slightly over
The fully stamped up Paramedics are on a tadge around that.
Corrections below please.
[quote][p][bold]micksmercs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InspectorMontalbano[/bold] wrote: This is a complete affront to human decency and shows or displays no command or respect to his fellow subordinate colleagues. No one in the Public Sector is worth that kind of recompense. His men & women on the ground are barely on £40,000. He should be on no more than £150,000 An absolutely disgraceful revelation, in the current times.[/p][/quote]Are you saying that an ambulance driver earns £40,000 a year,surely not?[/p][/quote]I should have said up to or slightly over The fully stamped up Paramedics are on a tadge around that. Corrections below please. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Jan-dover says...

ALL THE GREEDY MONEY GRABBING PEN PUSHERS ARE SICKENING ! A beautiful man died in Harwich on December 29th of a heart attack ! AMBULANCE SERVICE SAID "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " WHERE WAS HE THEN ???? THEY SAID an ambulance was assigned and then CANCELLED as another was closer ! because the COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER wasn't available our lovely man had NOTHING - HE DIDNT STAND A CHANCE ! AMBULANCE FINALLY ARRIVED 21 MINUTES AFTER THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL - THEY SAY ! WE SAY LONGER ! BUT IT WAS TOO LATE ! THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY - AND ALL WE GET IS PLATITUDES AND "HOW UNFORTUNATE " - WHILE THEY GET HUGE WAGE INCREASES AND BONUSES - WE GET FALSE PROMISES AND LIES - ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED. A BEAUTIFUL SO LOVED MAN DIED AND THESE USELESS PENPUSHERS TAKE HUGE SALARIES AND BONUSES. HOW MANY MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUTS IN THE " SO CALLED AMBULANCE SERVICE.
ALL THE GREEDY MONEY GRABBING PEN PUSHERS ARE SICKENING ! A beautiful man died in Harwich on December 29th of a heart attack ! AMBULANCE SERVICE SAID "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " [ A CFR WASNT AVAILABLE [ OH DEAR - TOUGH LUCK ] WHERE WAS HE THEN ???? THEY SAID an ambulance was assigned and then CANCELLED as another was closer ! because the COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER [CFR ] wasn't available our lovely man had NOTHING - HE DIDNT STAND A CHANCE ! AMBULANCE FINALLY ARRIVED 21 MINUTES AFTER THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL - THEY SAY ! WE SAY LONGER ! BUT IT WAS TOO LATE ! THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY - AND ALL WE GET IS PLATITUDES AND "HOW UNFORTUNATE " - WHILE THEY GET HUGE WAGE INCREASES AND BONUSES - WE GET FALSE PROMISES AND LIES - ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED. A BEAUTIFUL SO LOVED MAN DIED AND THESE USELESS PENPUSHERS TAKE HUGE SALARIES AND BONUSES. HOW MANY MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUTS IN THE " SO CALLED AMBULANCE SERVICE. Jan-dover
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Jan-dover says...

Jan-dover wrote:
ALL THE GREEDY MONEY GRABBING PEN PUSHERS ARE SICKENING ! A beautiful man died in Harwich on December 29th of a heart attack ! AMBULANCE SERVICE SAID "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " WHERE WAS HE THEN ???? THEY SAID an ambulance was assigned and then CANCELLED as another was closer ! because the COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER wasn't available our lovely man had NOTHING - HE DIDNT STAND A CHANCE ! AMBULANCE FINALLY ARRIVED 21 MINUTES AFTER THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL - THEY SAY ! WE SAY LONGER ! BUT IT WAS TOO LATE ! THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY - AND ALL WE GET IS PLATITUDES AND "HOW UNFORTUNATE " - WHILE THEY GET HUGE WAGE INCREASES AND BONUSES - WE GET FALSE PROMISES AND LIES - ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED. A BEAUTIFUL SO LOVED MAN DIED AND THESE USELESS PENPUSHERS TAKE HUGE SALARIES AND BONUSES. HOW MANY MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUTS IN THE " SO CALLED AMBULANCE SERVICE.
I MUST CLARIFY MY LETTER ABOUT -- "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " HE IS A VOLUNTEER WHO SUPPOSEDLY GETS TO YOU FIRST IN AN EMERGENCY - BUT HE WASNT AVAILABLE THAT EVENING OF THE 29th DECEMBER !!!!
WE WERENT TOLD WHERE HE WAS ??? HE COULD HAVE BEEN DRUNK ?OR AT THE NEW YEAR SALES ? OR JUST MAYBE ON HIS CHRISTMAS HOLS ?
WHATEVER THE REASON -- THERE WAS NO BACK UP FOR THE USELESS DISGRACEFUL EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE.
[quote][p][bold]Jan-dover[/bold] wrote: ALL THE GREEDY MONEY GRABBING PEN PUSHERS ARE SICKENING ! A beautiful man died in Harwich on December 29th of a heart attack ! AMBULANCE SERVICE SAID "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " [ A CFR WASNT AVAILABLE [ OH DEAR - TOUGH LUCK ] WHERE WAS HE THEN ???? THEY SAID an ambulance was assigned and then CANCELLED as another was closer ! because the COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER [CFR ] wasn't available our lovely man had NOTHING - HE DIDNT STAND A CHANCE ! AMBULANCE FINALLY ARRIVED 21 MINUTES AFTER THE 999 EMERGENCY CALL - THEY SAY ! WE SAY LONGER ! BUT IT WAS TOO LATE ! THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY - AND ALL WE GET IS PLATITUDES AND "HOW UNFORTUNATE " - WHILE THEY GET HUGE WAGE INCREASES AND BONUSES - WE GET FALSE PROMISES AND LIES - ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED. A BEAUTIFUL SO LOVED MAN DIED AND THESE USELESS PENPUSHERS TAKE HUGE SALARIES AND BONUSES. HOW MANY MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUTS IN THE " SO CALLED AMBULANCE SERVICE.[/p][/quote]I MUST CLARIFY MY LETTER ABOUT -- "THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER " HE IS A VOLUNTEER WHO SUPPOSEDLY GETS TO YOU FIRST IN AN EMERGENCY - BUT HE WASNT AVAILABLE THAT EVENING OF THE 29th DECEMBER !!!! WE WERENT TOLD WHERE HE WAS ??? HE COULD HAVE BEEN DRUNK ?OR AT THE NEW YEAR SALES ? OR JUST MAYBE ON HIS CHRISTMAS HOLS ? WHATEVER THE REASON -- THERE WAS NO BACK UP FOR THE USELESS DISGRACEFUL EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE. Jan-dover
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

*Equaliser* says...

Greedy is far short of the description.
Greedy is far short of the description. *Equaliser*
  • Score: 4

11:49pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Boris says...

totallyfootball wrote:
The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness!
You remind me of that disgraceful doctor who, a few years ago, was collecting £390,000 per year for being, at the same time, head of the NHS in Colchester, and head of the NHS in Great Yarmouth, while carrying on his job as a GP in Braintree. He was known as Dr Smug because his photo always showed him smiling as if inviting you to punch him in the face. After a while he went off to be head of the NHS in Cambridge.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness![/p][/quote]You remind me of that disgraceful doctor who, a few years ago, was collecting £390,000 per year for being, at the same time, head of the NHS in Colchester, and head of the NHS in Great Yarmouth, while carrying on his job as a GP in Braintree. He was known as Dr Smug because his photo always showed him smiling as if inviting you to punch him in the face. After a while he went off to be head of the NHS in Cambridge. Boris
  • Score: 2

7:56am Tue 22 Jul 14

Route88 says...

Boris wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness!
You remind me of that disgraceful doctor who, a few years ago, was collecting £390,000 per year for being, at the same time, head of the NHS in Colchester, and head of the NHS in Great Yarmouth, while carrying on his job as a GP in Braintree. He was known as Dr Smug because his photo always showed him smiling as if inviting you to punch him in the face. After a while he went off to be head of the NHS in Cambridge.
He is not a doctor of medicine, his doctorate is an honorary one from the University of Wolverhampton!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: The picture says it all for me, he cannot contain his smugness![/p][/quote]You remind me of that disgraceful doctor who, a few years ago, was collecting £390,000 per year for being, at the same time, head of the NHS in Colchester, and head of the NHS in Great Yarmouth, while carrying on his job as a GP in Braintree. He was known as Dr Smug because his photo always showed him smiling as if inviting you to punch him in the face. After a while he went off to be head of the NHS in Cambridge.[/p][/quote]He is not a doctor of medicine, his doctorate is an honorary one from the University of Wolverhampton! Route88
  • Score: 3

5:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

It's a disgrace. The gravy train is alive and well and here in Colchester. How difficult can it be to organise a fleet of ambulances? It's not as if he is doing anything that creates wealth for the country. He and his subordinates, with their excessive pay scales and cushy pensions are parasites feeding of an NHS that is cash strapped and in dire straits. So, where will all this end? The government is harangued by Labour, but wouldn't they too acquiesce with this morally corrupt and publicly unaccountable piece of jobs for the boys? Knighthoods to follow no doubt!
It's a disgrace. The gravy train is alive and well and here in Colchester. How difficult can it be to organise a fleet of ambulances? It's not as if he is doing anything that creates wealth for the country. He and his subordinates, with their excessive pay scales and cushy pensions are parasites feeding of an NHS that is cash strapped and in dire straits. So, where will all this end? The government is harangued by Labour, but wouldn't they too acquiesce with this morally corrupt and publicly unaccountable piece of jobs for the boys? Knighthoods to follow no doubt! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 4

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