EXCLUSIVE: Doncaster health finance chief’s past £260k handshake

Matthew Lowry, former Director of Finance & Infrastructure
Matthew Lowry, former Director of Finance & Infrastructure
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A finance director at a Doncaster health trust who resigned following the discovery of a £12m deficit had been handed a £260,000 pay-off after leaving a neighbouring crisis-hit hospital back in 2013.

Matthew Lowry, director of finance and infrastructure at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust was part of the senior management team at Rotherham hospital as it slipped into financial chaos.

The Free Press can reveal finance director Matthew Lowry who resigned following the discovery of a £12m deficit had been handed a £260,000 pay-off after leaving a neighbouring crisis-hit hospital back in 2013.

Mr Lowry, director of finance and infrastructure at DBHT was part of the senior management team at Rotherham hospital as it slipped into financial chaos.

Mr Lowry, who was given £260,000 pay off by health chiefs in Rotherham in 2013 before walking into the £120,000 a year job in Doncaster just six months later, will not receive a pay off following his resignation last week, health bosses have confirmed.

A spokesman for DBHT said: “He will only be paid up to and including the day he leaves employment. The date of which will be agreed and announced shortly. He will receive no additional payment.”

Mr Lowry was interim chief executive at Rotherham when he left in 2013.

The top job was taken over by one of a team of private consultants brought in to rescue a desperate financial situation.

Speaking about his previous employment in Rotherham the Doncaster spokesman added: “During Matthew’s time as Director of Finance at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, it performed well financially and reinvested surpluses to enhance patient care.”

When Mr Lowry was appointed in Doncaster hospital chiefs revealed he had given up a portion of his salary after being hired so soon after his departure from the troubled Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking at the time a spokeswoman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Matthew’s previous redundancy does not alter the clear view from the extensive recruitment process that he is the best candidate for this critical role.”

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has previously criticised the government for allowing thousands of NHS staff to be made redundant, often with large pay outs, and then re-hired.

He said then that, since 2010, 330 staff had received exit packages of £200,000 or more, 513 were paid between £150,000 and £200,000 and 1,456 were given between £100,000 and £150,000.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband added: “The Trust needs to properly, and quickly, investigate the financial irregularities that have been uncovered.”