MP Tom Watson hits out at refusal to give details of West Midlands Ambulance boss pay hike Express Star
a week or so ago: What do the staff think? Once again, your research appears a little suspect. In this day and age when there are so many important matters that you could be campaigning on, investigating, why not show everyone that you really are the high class paper you claim to be.
But the service refused to give him copies of minutes and correspondence relating to the decision to give Mr Marsh the 'uplift' in pay, saying the details are confidential.
"You are entitled to see the deliberations of the remuneration committee, and an organisation that values public scrutiny would respond to the request to see the emails. I will appeal, of course."
"The minutes of the remuneration committee are confidential and cannot be released. While the correspondence is held in individuals' email accounts, many of those including the chair, human resources director and trust secretary have since left the trust Puma Shoes For Women Black
Last week Mr Watson surprised Mr Marsh by calling the studio while the ambulance boss was a guest on BBC Radio Suffolk and quizzing him about his pay.
"As a result the trust has calculated that this would take longer than18 hours to extract and collate the information you require and therefore would exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 and as such we are unable to answer this part of your request."
West Midlands Ambulance Service says he is saving taxpayers 100,000 a year by doing the work of two chief executives but the salary has been criticised as 'obscene' by health minister Dan Poulter. Mr Marsh has also been staying in hotels on expenses and uses a taxi service costing 400 a week to take him between his two areas of responsibility, saying it is better value than driving himself because he works en route and answers all his own emails.
and their accounts closed.
"Though outrageously arrogant, and lacking in any transparency or semblance of accountability, the response below has hardened my view that there is something wrong with the culture of this particular part of the NHS.
Tom WatsonHe spends on average two days a week in the West Midlands and three in the East of England. EEAST is invoiced 16,598 a month for him by West Midlands Ambulance Puma Orange
Posting the response to his request on his blog, Mr Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, said: "When I get responses like the ones below it always hardens my resolve to get to the facts.
"Regarding your request for the minutes and correspondence concerning this decision, unfortunately the trust is unable to provide you with this information.
The email from East of England Ambulance Service said: "The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) is invoiced by the West Midlands Ambulance Service for 16,598 per month.
Have been watching this story develop over the last week. Let be clear no I don work for the ambulance service and no Tom Watson isn my MP. However, it does strike me that Mr Watson is the most extraordinary self publicist who will jump on almost any bandwagon, if it will get him the publicity he seems to crave. As for his claims of Puma Coffee shock at some of the figures; come on Express Star, why don you investigate how much Mr Watson costs the tax payer. That might be a really good story! Then there is the comment about 75 a night hotels what a ridiculous story, but then look at the quotes you carried from Mr Watson. Have you looked at his expenses to see how laughable that one is, never mind the articles in the Mail and Telegraph. Now to the Express Star why the interest in the East of England Ambulance Service? However, as you appear to be, you could always answer the question your Editor wrote in his comment piece Puma Trainers Green
Tom Watson sent a request under the Freedom of Information Act to East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), where West Midlands Ambulance Service boss Anthony Marsh is also in charge.
Mr Marsh had told the programme: "The salaries for chief execs are not set by chief execs, they're set by boards and remuneration committees and our chairman so my salary's a matter for others to set and for others to determine. People will have a view about that."
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