While the salary of the new chief executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust may have been bench marked against others (Four-Day Week And £294k For New Trust Chief, Herne Bay Gazette, January 29), it is still an eye watering amount to pay, especially at a time when other hospital staff may have just won the fight for a modest 1% rise — the first pay rise in four years. Clearly, the trust needs a good leader to bring it out of special measures and it seems that they have found someone who has done this elsewhere but what message does a four-day week earning £,1400 a day send to the rest of the staff? While health care assistants are earning around £60 per day, should anyone earn 2 times more that the lowest paid person? I don’t think so.
Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable, Buckland Road, Maidstone
Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015