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‘Gardening leave’ costs NHS £225,000

A report from the Daily Post says that over £225,000 was paid out this year to NHS staff currently suspended by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The 15 members of staff are still taking their pay packets while on ‘gardening leave’, costing the Board £226,935 over the past 12 months. According to the Daily Post, an NHS source claimed one person had been on suspension for more than two years, but the Board was unable to confirm or deny this.

Shadow health minister AM Darren Millar said that while suspended staff are entitled to afair and thorough hearing, these procedures should be concluded swiftly to avoid putting even more stress on a service already pushed to breaking point.

“The Health Minister and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board need to take measures to speed up disciplinary proceedings to limit staff suspensions, reduce the cost to the NHS budget and alleviate the inevitable impact on patient care,” he said.