Top earner at London Clinic was paid £1.3m in 2017

The medical charity's accounts for the year to 31 December last year show the number of staff paid more than £60,000 a year has ballooned

< This article has been amended; see final paragraph

The highest earner at the private hospital charity the London Clinic was paid almost £1.3m in 2017, the charity’s latest accounts show.

The accounts, which cover the year to 31 December 2017, reveal that the highest-paid person at the charity – who is not identified – was paid between £1.27m and £1.28m, including redundancy and termination costs.

The previous highest salary at the charity was between £550,001 and £560,000, the accounts show.

According to the latest accounts, the charity changed chief executive in the year covered by the accounts, with the former chief executive, Paul Holdom, resigning in September 2017.

Holdom was replaced by Al Russell as chief executive in February this year, the accounts show.

Nobody from the charity responded to messages from Third Sector on Friday morning that requested further details about the payments.

The second-highest earner at the charity received between £430,001 and £440,000, the accounts show, which also included redundancy and termination costs.

Another person on between £110,001 and £120,000 also left the charity in 2017, the accounts show, because someone’s salary in that pay bracket also includes redundancy and termination costs.

Two other members of the charity’s executive team left in 2017: Fiona Morrison, company secretary and head of legal; and Marina Griffin, strategy director. Third Sector was unable to confirm whether either person received the aforementioned sums of money before the initial publication of this story but the clinic has since said that Griffin resigned in June 2017 and did not receive any termination payments.

The London Clinic has long been one of the highest-paying charities in the country, and was ranked the fourth highest in Third Sector’s biennial charity pay study, most recently published last year.

The total number of staff paid more than £60,000 has ballooned at the London Clinic in recent years, with 121 people at the charity now paid above that amount, compared with 55 in 2013, according to the accounts.

There are now more people paid in the £60,001 to £70,000 bracket at the charity – 69 – than the total number of staff paid above £60,000 in 2013, the accounts show.

The accounts also reveal that the charity recorded a deficit of almost £6m for the year, with a total income of £136.3m and expenditure of £142.3m.

The charity’s pension deficit fell by approximately £13m to almost £30.8m, and the charity has a plan in place to eliminate its pension deficit by 2023.

< The London Clinic confirmed following the publication of this story that Marina Griffin resigned in June 2017 and did not receive any termination payments. The article has been updated to include this information.  

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