Dr Anthony Marsh’s salary has risen from £182,000 to £232,000 – more than the salary of the Prime Minister – after he took on a part-time role at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust on top of his role in the West Midlands.
West Midlands MP Tom Watson has called on government ministers to intervene after criticising the lavish figure at a time when ambulance staff have seen pay cut in real terms. The Trust has responded to say that Mr Marsh is saving tax payers money by doing the two roles instead of having two individuals – and that he works “at least 70 hours a week”.
This has sparked North Norfolk Labour’s Act on Ambulances campaigners to raise concerns about the number of hours Dr Anthony Marsh is said to work.
Denise Burke, the Labour parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, said: “Whether you feel the figure is justified or not I believe if Dr Marsh is only doing two roles part-time he should only be paid for the role of one full-time chief. With a £50k pay rise for the job he needs to show his worth and prove he is the right man to bring in the changes we so desperately need. There has been progress but it’s been a slow process so far.”
“My biggest concern is how sustainable the 70 hours working week is – the last thing we want is for him to reach burnout from the number of hours he is working because he is doing such an important role.”