Top-paid health board employee makes up to $660,000

The highest-paid employee at Southern District Health Board received between $650,000 and $660,000 in the last financial year, the board's 2012 annual report shows.

The report shows 447 employees received more than $100,000 in 2011-12, 345 of them medical or dental positions. The previous year, 412 received more than $100,000, 326 of them medical or dental positions.

It is unclear who the top earner is, or what they do. The top pay is well down on the $820,000 to $830,000 revealed to have been paid the previous year to a clinician, about which questions were asked of the board at its health select committee financial review in May.

Chief executive Carole Heatly, who started in March, received between $130,000 and $140,000 for the final months of the financial year.

Only her salary, and that of predecessor Brian Rousseau, who received $200,000 to $210,000 before departing in September, are personally identified.

All up, 10.24 key management positions were paid more than $2.7 million, up from $2.42 million the previous year. The second-highest pay was $550,000 to $560,000. One person received $530,000 to $540,000.

With 80 employees, the $100,000 to $110,000 pay band was the largest. Another 62 people received $110,000 to $120,000.

Of bands topping $200,000, the largest number in any band was 16 ($220,000 to $230,000).

If the pay of part-time employees was upgraded to full-time, the number of staff paid more than $100,000 would rise to 639. Remuneration to board members was $328,000. This figure does not include Crown monitor Stuart McLauchlan's fee.

Nine employees received personal grievance or termination payments, totalling $290,351. These payments ranged from about $2000 to $137,000.

The board employs 4500 staff.

eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz

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