THE decision to dish out a pay rise to the boss of the trust that runs Solihull Hospital has been slammed by a health watchdog.
Mark Goldman, chief executive of Heart of England Foundation Trust, saw his salary increase by £75,000 - or 48 per cent - in the three years to last March. He is now on £230,000 a year.
But Tony Field, of Birmingham-based MRSA Support, said the wellabove inflation pay rises are 'disgraceful'.
He feels that the money should be spent on keeping MRSA out of wards and finding a proper disinfectant to sort out the problem of cleanliness in hospitals once and for all.
"All this money is from the public purse, we pay these people's money and I don't think they are worth that wage."
The salary of the chairman of the trust, Clive Wilkinson, had his pay doubled from £25,000 a year to £50,000 during the same three-year period.
This huge increase follows Heart of England gaining foundation status, which means it is now free from government control over its finances and can be run like a private business.
Solihull councillor Jim Ryan supported Mr Goldman's pay rise and believes it is not excessive.
Coun Ryan who is also a Heart of England board member said:
"He is running three hospitals, Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope, and it's a very demanding job.
"He has my full support, as long as he delivers on providing good hospital services for local people, making sure the staff are well trained and the elimination of MRSA."