Wednesday 21 February 2018

David McWilliams: Linking hospital boss benefits to sale of Mars Bars makes me sick

In layman's language a salary top-up is understood as a motivation or an incentive for an employee to be more productive.

In the case of a hospital chief executive, presumably this should be related to running a better hospital. You'd think that has to be linked to patient care – both in terms of its efficiency and the experience of the patient. It should also factor in other hospital workers, making sure they are not only efficient, but that there is high staff morale.

This is what a hospital does. It exists to look after the health of its patients and, where the staff are looked after, this will be easier to achieve. This is exactly what we patients expect when we present to hospitals and good management seeks to achieve this sweet-spot where respected workers administer excellent service.

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