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Cornwall's 'Under Fire' Health Salaries

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7:33am 1st April 2014

It is being claimed that Cornwall could afford another eight full-time nurses if it got rid of jobs like PR.

Figures seen by Pirate FM show Duchy health bosses are spending around £230 thousand a year.

That goes on communications', human rights and so-called 'green' salaries.

The Tax Payers Alliance produced the report based on NHS pay scales.

Spokesman Robert Oxley says some trusts across the UK are leaner: "They manage to incorporate that into existing staff roles rather than creating dedicated posts which ultimately end up creating extra work, extra work and extra focus for the NHS which means less money available for other areas such as patient care.

"I think patients will want the best service possible out of the NHS so it's absolutely vital and it's in the interest of everybody that we focus on cutting waste in the NHS and ensuring that those resources that do go into the health budget, are spent on the frontline."

The Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust has issued a statement.

Director of Finance, Performance and Information, Sally May, said: "We remain committed to ensuring the best use of public money. The Trust's last published Annual Report and Accounts show the number of doctors has increased by 8%, nurses by 5% and healthcare assistants by 10%. In contrast, the number of administrative and managerial staff decreased by 7%.

"While not directly contributing to patient care, support roles across the Trust help ensure the best use of public funds for example by reducing expenditure on energy, the disposal of waste and business miles. The Trust has recently secured a grant from the Department of Health allowing it to invest in 15 fully electric cars, solar energy plus tele and video conferencing facilities which will generate savings in the region of £300,000 per year - the equivalent of 12 nurses."

Pirate FM is waiting for a statement from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust and the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group declined to comment.

7:33am 1st April 2014

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