To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) if he will take steps to reduce the salary of the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service;
(2) if he will arrange for officials in his Department to meet the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Trust to renegotiate his contract to ensure he does not earn more than the Prime Minister.
National health service ambulance trusts are independent employers and organisations in their own right. The pay of a chief executive within an NHS ambulance trust is a contractual agreement between the employee and the employing organisation. It is for the NHS ambulance trusts remuneration committee to ensure the pay of the chief executive within that organisation is appropriate in accordance with the very senior managers (VSM) pay framework. This provides an objective spot rate for every post.
Under the VSM pay framework, a remuneration committee may consider an additional payment beyond the basic spot rate. This is when there is a requirement for a recruitment and retention premium or where an individual takes on significant responsibilities outside their core role. Any additional payment beyond the spot rate requires grandparent approval. The grandparent organisation for the West Midlands Ambulance Trust is NHS Midlands and East.