Health CommitteeSupplementary written evidence from the Department of Health (FRA 04)

Question 287—NHS Severance Payments 2008–09 to 2012–13

The Department only holds data since 1 April 2008.

2008–09

2009–10

2010–11

2011–12

2012–13
(as at 1 March 2013)

Total

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Number
of cases
approved
by
HMT

Total
Value of
Approved
Payments
£

Total

192

5,990,504

130

2,490,968

35

508,174

38

1,038,906

12

120,939

407

10,149,491

A robust system is in place for authorisation. All payments have been agreed firstly by the NHS organisations remuneration committee (members are all non executive directors), then supported by the relevant SHA, and the Department and finally approved by HM Treasury. Many cases are not approved during this process. Over this 5 year period 30% of cases were rejected by the Department alone.

The Department is not informed of actual payments. The approval is the maximum that an NHS organisation (NHS Trusts, PCTs, SHAs and Special Health Authorities) is authorised to make.

The 10 largest severance cases authorised since 2008–09 are as follows:

Organisation Name

Value of
Approved Payments
£

Value of
Contractual
Element
£

Year

1

South Central SHA

674,223

644,223

2008–09

2

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

300,000

0

2008–09

3

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

220,400

149,868

2010–11

4

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

204,000

0

2009–10

5

NHS London

176,985

88,492

2009–10

6

Royal West Sussex NHS Trust

150,000

0

2008–09

7

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

125,000

0

2008–09

8

Great Ormond Street Hospital

120,000

22,552

2008–09

9

London SHA

117,000

107,000

2008–09

The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust

100,000

0

2008–09

10

Surrey PCT

100,000

0

2008–09

Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust

100,000

0

2008–09

March 2013

Prepared 17th September 2013