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NHS chief paid £18k to move house

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has come under fire after it was revealed that it paid an employee £18,189.56,  to relocate 45 miles from Kent to a new job in Hertfordshire. Paul Traynor, the Trust’s director of finance, received the payout to cover the cost of a removal firm, stamp duty, legal expenses and travel costs.



[quote top=Nick Carver, the Trust’s chief executive, defended its actions, saying]Paul Traynor’s relocation expenses were in line with trust policy. The policy exists to make sure we attract the very best people to lead our organisation into the future and make sure that we, as an NHS Trust, are delivering the highest quality of care to the community. Paul has excellent experience and has proved to be a tremendous asset to the team.[/quote]

The figures came to light after they were released online in the Trust’s latest Statement of Board of Directors Expenses.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said: “We voluntarily place all expenses claimed by board directors into the public domain by placing them on our website. We are under no obligation to do this, but choose to do so in line with our policy of openness and transparency."

A spokeswoman for The TaxPayers' Alliance was unimpressed, though, saying: "It's disgraceful that he has cost taxpayers that much money just to move. You have to try and keep these costs to a minimum and make sure taxpayers are getting value for money. The NHS must really tighten its belt, these costs need to be kept under control, now more than ever."