You Know, I’m Not Sure We Can Afford To Do Anything About The NHS Scandal…

…not if the usual public sector method of dealing with such things is followed:

Kingston Council’s former director of children’s services, who resigned days before a damning child protection report was made public, was given a year’s salary as a payoff, the Surrey Comet has learned.Duncan Clark was paid £128,000 after his resignation in July, despite Kingston Council leader Councillor Derek Osbourne’s claim the “final responsibility” for the failures lay with Mr Clark.

Who’s surprised?

Kingston Council chief executive Bruce McDonald declined questions about why he rubber-stamped the pay-off.

Pity we can’t afford to get shot of him too!

9 comments for “You Know, I’m Not Sure We Can Afford To Do Anything About The NHS Scandal…

  1. Bemused
    February 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Perhaps Bruce is hoping for the same courtesy when his time comes.

    • February 12, 2013 at 5:46 am

      He’ll almost certainly get it.. 👿

  2. February 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Ever since the Shoesmith debacle it has become apparent that you can’t be sacked merely for being rubbish at the job. It’s a pain but:

    “In a case like this the alternative to a compromise agreement would be a contested departure under formal capability procedures would have taken a year or more. In addition there would have been the costs of dealing with the investigation, hearings and possibly a tribunal.”

    Grrr. The payoff is the rational and pragmatic way to go.

    • February 12, 2013 at 5:47 am

      And if nothing changes, we’ll always be on the hook for this, and there’ll never be any incentive to hire the competent…

  3. Greg Tingey
    February 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    As long as …..
    They don’t then go & get another job somewhere les & screw that up as well.
    The real problem with the NHS/N-Staffs scandal is that the guilty (& I MEAN GUILTY! ) people are still in charge.
    Now what?

  4. Greg Tingey
    February 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    It’s all part of what has recently been called:
    The Beige Dictatorship

    Recommended reading, HERE:

  5. Tatty
    February 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

    They aren’t “rewarded for failure” they’re paid to keep their gobs shut. They know where the rest of the bodies are buried and precisely who put them there.

    Payoffs go hand-in-hand with Gagging Orders.

  6. Peter MacFarlane
    February 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Tatty has it. These scum are given the huge payoffs on the conditions that they won’t go to the press and they won’t subsequently raise court or tribunal cases. It’s hush money pure and simple, and we’re paying it.

    There are no words to describe this behaviour in cases where people have died.

    • February 12, 2013 at 5:48 am

      There are words. It’s just that they’d melt the profanity filter!

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