A failing, cash-strapped hospital is paying more than a million pounds a year to an accountant to balance its books. Tim Bolot has been appointed the interim finance director at Medway Foundation Trust which oversees the failing Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, a trust that last year ran up debts of 31 million pounds. Mr Bolot has a reputation for being parachuted into problem hospitals.
According to his company's website
- Mr Bolot achieved £47m of savings at the South London Healthcare Trust in 2010
- in 2011 he helped prevent Southern Cross Healthcare Group from going into administration
- In 2012 he claims to have reduced debt at the trouble Rotherham NHS Trust by £3.2m
But some patients' groups have been critical of the appointment.