Bristol Community Health board resignations review takes place

Bristol Community Health sign Bristol Community Health supplies district nurses in the city

An external review is to take place after a board of non-executive directors at Bristol Community Health (BCH) resigned over a pay dispute.

The four members walked out after a report recommended three new senior executives each be given a salary of about £75,000.

They said they considered this to be a pay rise when other staff were getting a pay freeze.

BCH said the resignations would have "no adverse impact" on services.

A report recommending three new senior executives each be paid an annual salary of about £75,000 was presented to the board of directors by an external consultant last month.

A senior NHS source told the BBC this was about £5,000 more than the non-executives - who are paid a small salary to provide external scrutiny - were prepared to sanction.

They considered this to be a pay rise when other staff were getting a freeze, the source said.

BCH is a not-for-profit social enterprise which supplies district nurses in the city and manages a budget of £45m.

A Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) review into the way BCH is run and its finances will now take place.

A spokesperson for the BCH said three interim non-executives had been appointed until new permanent members were recruited.

"We welcome the review, commissioned by the CCG, which we confidently expect will confirm that our organisation is in robust financial health," they added.

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