NHS chief "shows off" on Twitter about buying new boat
THE chief executive of Gloucestershire's 2gether NHS Foundation Trust has been showing off his new boat on Twitter – as hundreds of staff are facing possible pay reviews.
Shaun Clee, who is also chairman of the Mental Health Network, took to the social network site to tell of his new purchase during a trip to Cornwall.
Mr Clee, who lives in Worcester, started the exchange with: "Round-trip to St Austell, sea trial resulted in a new boat – oops!"
Tim Coupland, an NHS worker in Gloucestershire, replied: "As in the purchase of a new boat?"
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"I am afraid I have to plead guilty," replied Mr Clee, who described it as a fast day boat for inshore or river fishing.
Ellen Clee asked to see a photo of the new purchase. She replied: "We were hoping for something we could holiday on! Where is it going to live?"
The Twitter exchange was open to all twitter users including his 393 followers, some of them NHS employees. The gaff stunned workers who face an anxious few months to discover if they will be affected by a proposed shake-up.
The Trust is one of 19 across the south west to sign-up to a consortium reviewing staff pay conditions. NHS bosses hope to reduce staffing costs by 2013. All staff earning more than £21,000 could face a pay cut, with less leave and weekend and bank holiday pay.
The amount of sickness pay and unsociable hours rates could also be slashed with more performance-related pay.
Staff could be made redundant and forced to sign new terms of employment if they fail to agree to the proposals.
Chris Moore, co-ordinator for Stroud Against The Cuts, said he thought the comments were an outrageous show of arrogance from management.
"At a time when NHS staff are being told their pay and conditions are under attack, it is outrageous that management can behave in this way. It shows a complete arrogance of management. I believe they are putting their own interests before the interests of staff and patients at the NHS," he said.
A 2gether Trust worker told The Citizen many employees were aware of Mr Clee's account and were unhappy about some of its content.
"To me it seems insulting to people who follow him," he said. "I believe it shows a degree of poor judgment.
"Staff want a leader who they can look up to and admire. People are absolutely incensed. You shouldn't put it in other people's faces. It's not the right as a leader."
A spokesman for the 2gether Trust said: "The timing of the message on Mr Clee's personal twitter feed was regretful as we appreciate staff have ongoing concerns around our membership of the pay consortium. There are no formal proposals for us to consider and we are committed to continuing our work with our staff side representatives to discuss any issues we may want to consider."