Siobhan McArdle claimed parking tickets on expenses

Published on 23 November 2019 by Kirsty

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Former NHS boss earning a staggering £300k a year claimed £149 parking ticket on expenses despite staff having to pay for parking.

Greedy Siobhan McArdle

Ex-CEO Siobhan McArdle claimed the tickets on expenses as staff at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust were forced to fork out £1.9million to park at work during 2018-19. The expenses claim emerged after Ms McArdle quit as chief executive at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, emailing workers to say the personal “cost” was “too high”. She cited a”challenging” working environment at the trust, which looks after 1.5 million patients, and joked about becoming a football manager. Ms McArdle said: “I have always done my utmost to defend and promote the interests of our organisation. “And I have done so within a very challenging financial and regulatory environment, in a local health economy that I believe is underfunded and unsustainable. “Throughout my time in the NHS I am proud to have remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity – values, vision and integrity that I know many of you also share.” She added: “However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.”

Ms McArdle joined the trust in April, 2015, before becoming CEO in September, 2015. This year, a Care Quality Commission inspection found the trust needs improvement. Senior managers “were not visible, contactable or approachable”, the commission’s report found. In her resignation letter Ms McArdle claimed South Tees is “not an organisation that requires improvement”. Medical news publication Health Service Journal also found the trust, which has 9,000 workers, was £4.4million behind plan. It said the trust wasn’t hitting A&E targets, with referral to treatment and cancer waiting times also criticised. Ms McAardle said the trust was “underfunded” and “financially unsustainable”. The trust’s 2018/19 report showed Ms McArdle earned between £290,000 and £295,000. Alan Downey, chair of the trust, said bosses were “sorry” Ms McArdle had resigned. He said: “However, we completely understand that, after more than four years of giving her all to the organisation, she feels now is the right time to move on to new challenges and opportunities.”