C R I M E • against • S O C I E T Y

Commissioners who should know better

Kathy Grant
Richard Thomson
Graham Crombie
Angela Pitchford

### ODT Online Wed, 15 Jun 2016
$7000pw fees and expenses
By Eileen Goodwin
The commissioner regime is costing the Southern District Health Board more than $7000 in fees and expenses every week, an Official Information Act request shows. Between November 17 and May 17, the commissioner team incurred $159,600 daily fees and $25,405 for travel, accommodation and food.
As commissioner, Kathy Grant receives the biggest daily fee, $1400, and over six months she charged for 55.5 days, a total of $77,700. Mrs Grant’s annual pay is capped at $180,000.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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17 responses to “C R I M E • against • S O C I E T Y

  1. Yes, read it and weep!

  2. Gurglars

    And for what outcome? A survey of the staff which advised them to act in a manner they were all acting in anyway!

    What about instituting a survey on pay and expenses of the commissioners and the CEO and minions?

    Now that would be a good spend.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    There’s good money to be earned in traindriving as a career.
    Esp gravytraindriving.

  4. Gurglars

    And Hype you get a licence for GRAVYTRAINDRIVING at the N.T.A.!

    Thats where the great (or little) White Chief of grvytraindriving resides.

  5. Peter

    I bet they had better food than the slops served up at the hospitals. Probably slumming it some of the fancier eateries. With a good serve of entitlement.

  6. Elizabeth

    More SDHB bad news – pig troughing.

    Thu, 16 Jun 2016
    ODT: SDHB’s consulting bill queried
    A health union is questioning a bill of more than $978,000 the Southern District Health Board has run up with an Auckland consulting firm. The Public Service Association will raise the issue at a monthly meeting between unions and the health board next week. Alma Consulting invoiced the board for $600,374 from July 2015 to May 24 (the most recent date available). Alma also invoiced for $378,061 in the previous financial year (2014-15).

    “Alma Consulting’s website says it provides corporate finance and strategy consulting.” —and I thought that was what the overpaid fatcat SDHB commissioners were for.

  7. PG

    …”were hired in 2014, but the exact date is unknown.” Surely a simple matter of tracking back to the open tender process used to select Alma Consulting. No? Naive, moi?

  8. Calvin Oaten

    The frightening thing about all of this is that these malingerers honestly think that they are contributing to the making of a better place. In this case the SDHB which continuously demonstrates just how easy pickings it is for these charlatans as they suck at the ‘public purse’ safe in the knowledge that they can do this with impunity. In the case of the commissioners, I never had any regard for Richard Thomson’s ability other than to continuously scrounge and grasp at every coin he can. The chairman and other member are proving themselves to be no better in this respect. The only qualification required seems to be that of ‘checking your conscience in at the door.’

  9. JimmyJones

    All the money might have been worth it if they were doing a good job. But they aren’t. They seem vastly under-skilled – which should be a serious concern for all of us. If the SDHB does not become financially viable, then something will change. Probably a bad change, I would guess. The Minister gets the blame for choosing this bunch of no-hopers: did he intend for them to fail? I wonder. If the Minister genuinely wants them to succeed then he needs to give them some high intensity assistance and close supervision.

    • alanbec

      Impression management is interfering with ward nursing duties. See ODT Story photo with the designation ‘PC Trolley’ on the hospital lino. There are additional duties to please public opinion. Even the patients are permitted to listen in on staff conversations about them, at shift changeover. Let the nurses do the work for which they were trained.

      By the way, what is a PC trolley?

  10. Hype O'Thermia

    PC trolley, for rapidly conveying spin doctors’ supplies to sites of leaks and outbreaks of veracity. Contains band-aids, Wite-out, Nilodor and extrusion packs of bullshit with an assortment of nozzles.
    Lower tray contains hawk and trowels along with “Cattlestop” brand bulkpak for the big jobbies.

  11. alanbec

    Cattle Stop really grates. Cattle can never get over it.

  12. Elizabeth

    Fri, 17 Jun 2016
    ODT: District health boards told to decide on food contract
    District health board bosses were grilled in Wellington yesterday on the need to make up their minds whether to join the Compass Group food contract. They were told to make a decision by the end of September, a spokesman for NZ Health Partnerships confirmed.

  13. ab

    From ‘A Perfect Spy’, by John le Carre:

    “Hello son, how about we go to The Savoy for a nice grill?”

  14. Elizabeth

    Commercial sensitivity is cited frequently…

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016
    ODT: Public still in dark on Compass deal
    After the release of hundreds of heavily redacted pages of the Compass Group-DHB food contract, the public is none the wiser about whether it got a good deal, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says. A DHB-entity called NZ Health Partnerships released a 300-page overarching contract, and a 14-page agreement specifically related to Southern District Health Board, under the Official Information Act.

  15. Calvin Oaten

    When faced with the Official Information Act, what’s the point in “heavily redacting detail”? Is it just a “fingers” to the authority of the Act or is it the traditional, “commercial sensitivity”? Whatever, it is an insult to the greater public which is simply tiresome and childish. Bureaucrats are by their very nature generally childish.

  16. Hype O'Thermia

    Yes Calvin, ” by their very nature generally childish.” Putting a copy of OIA down their skool shorts before lining up at the headmaster’s door when they know they deserve a caning.

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