Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Perks of working for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Would it surprise you to learn that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spent £2.6 million on 782 lease cars in the 12 months to the 1st October 2010. Now I don't have an issue if ALL these cars were leased for business use only i.e. for District Nurses etc; but in fact only 173 of these cars are for business use only and a whopping 609 of these vehicles are private use lease cars mainly for senior managers who fit the following criteria:
The purpose of the lease car scheme is to provide transport to employees who are required to be mobile and where it is in the interest of the employer to do so. In this respect a car will be offered to all new and existing employees who are required to travel on BCUHB business and where it is financially viable to do so.

Is there actually that many who need lease cars? It would be interesting to see how many business miles each of the 609 actually did in 12 months and whether it would be more cost effective to pay them Civil Service Essential user or Casual Rate to use their own vehicles. Wrecsam County Borough Council ceased using leased cars 3 years ago because of the exorbitant cost of lease cars.

What makes the situation even worse was that the six ex-Chief Executives of the old Local Health Boards were provided with private use lease cars AFTER amalgamation and BEFORE they had jobs with the new BCUHB and that at a cost of £25,000.

Local Authorities and the Police are having to cut costs and make efficiency savings whilst Health executives are still receiving extensive perks at taxpayers expense.

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