Turnaround bull hits £1.5m at troubled health trust

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The bill for a firm of private management consultants brought in to run a troubled South Yorkshire health trust has reached £1.5 million, an investigation has revealed.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has struck a new deal with an American-led team from the Bolt Partners firm to bring in three extra executives, which will lead to monthly payments of up to £250,000 for their services.

The turnaround specialists were drafted in earlier this year after the trust ran into financial difficulties, and they will draw up a ‘strategic vision’ for the trust’s future as part of the agreement.

Previousl,y a series of board executives left, leading to pay-offs worth £500,000.

Matthew Lowry, the former hospital chief, was handed between £260,000 and £265,000 in redundancy and pay in lieu of notice.

Jacqui Bate, former head of personnel, was given between £110,000 and £115,000.

Ex-chief executive Brian James received a sum of between £220,000 and £225,000 after his resignation.

Sue Cookman, regional organiser for Unison, said: “For £1.5m I would expect to see a better return on public money.”

The trust has not commented on the payments.