pounds 400 a day health job justified says board; Members with 'significant responsibility'.
MEMBERS of a new NHS board serving Huddersfield are to be paid almost pounds 8,000 a year - in return for a couple of days' work a month.
The eight non-executive directors on the board covering Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield District Primary Care Trusts, will receive pounds 7,882 per year.
For this they are expected to dedicate two to three days per month to their role.
A board representative claimed that the pay was justified due to the 'significant responsibility' held by members. The new appointments were announced as part of a shake-up of the way healthcare is overseen in the area.
Up until now each PCT has had its own board, which includes a number of non-executive directors and a chair.
In line with what's happening nationally, the three PCTs are working as a 'cluster'.
This is seen as crucial to the development of the new commissioning system and to ensure that local people will continue to receive high quality and accessible services.
The appointed non-executives all previously served on the individual PCT boards and will work alongside the single cluster executive team appointed earlier this year.
They include Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan, who served as non-executive director of the former Huddersfield Central PCT.
Chair is Brighouse resident Angela Monaghan, who has served as a non-executive director since 2002 and chair of NHS Calderdale since 2008.
Holmfirth resident and former Kirklees Council head of resources Tony Gerrard, together with Roger Grasby, Ann Liston, Keith Wright, Sandra Cheseldine and Roy Coldwell make up the rest of the team.
The roles are advertised by the Appointments Commission, for which it states time commitment to be around two days a month.
Members are expected to lead and support the development of the healthcare system across the district.
A spokeswoman for the Commission said that the Secretary of State for Health is responsible for setting the levels payable to chairs and non-executive directors.
She said that the current level of remuneration is for a non-executive director within a PCT, with an expected time commitment for 2-3 days per month.
Mrs Monaghan, the group's chair, said that the group aim to develop a strong commissioning system that will benefit local people.
On the pay levels she commented: "Non-executive directors play a vital role within the NHS.
"They provide leadership, direction and independent scrutiny, ensure finances are managed properly and, crucially, ensure that the organisation works in the interest of both patients and the public.
"Most non-executives work well beyond the expected 2.5 days a month and pay levels, which are set nationally, reflect the significant level of responsibility they hold.
"Across the cluster they are serving a population of around 1 million with a combined budget of pounds 1.7 billion."
* DIRECTORS: Tony Gerrard, Mehboob Khan and Angela Monaghan