An NHS chief executive whose staff face pay cuts has been criticised after he boasted online “I have just bought a new boat – oops!”.
Shaun Clee took to the social network site Twitter to show off his new £15,000 purchase made during a summer trip to St Austell in Cornwall.
He told his 407 followers – including worried NHS workers – of the payout by writing: “Round-trip to St Austell, sea trial resulted in a new boat – oops!”
When asked: “As in the purchase of a new boat?”, Mr Clee, chief executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire, replied “I am afraid I have to plead guilty”.
The father-of-three, who lives in a £650,000 detached house in Worcester, went on to describe the purchase as a fast “day boat” for inshore or river fishing.
He then posted a picture of the Raider boat on his Twitter page – before adding “relaxing with a nice glass of something is definitely the order of the day”.
His gaffe, on July 15, stunned workers in Gloucestershire who face an anxious few months to discover whether their pay will be slashed.
2gether NHS Foundation Trust is one of 19 across the South West to sign-up to a consortium reviewing staff pay conditions in an attempt to reduce costs by 2013.
All staff earning more than £21,000 could face a pay cut, with less leave and bank holiday pay. Sickness and unsociable hours pay could also be slashed.