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Hospital Chief Who Resigned Made Thirty First Class Rail Journeys

Tuesday March 26 2013


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


THE former chief executive of Barnsley Hospital was responsible for more than half the money spent on first class rail trips for staff last year.

Paul O'Connor - who resigned last week - made 30 first class rail journeys during 2011/2012 at a total cost of £2,313.98.

In total there were 43 first class trips for hospital staff ranging from the chief executive to a healthcare technician.

They cost a total of £3,617.58 - and almost half were not booked in advance, so the highest prices were paid.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital, said: "Our chief executive had a need to undertake sensitive and often confidential work while travelling on trust business and this would not be possible in standard class."

"Travelling first class therefore brings benefits in terms of increased working time for him."

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Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 14:31
Sorry Spokesperson , this is a waste of public money - if he wanted to travel First Class he should have paid difference between First Class fare and Standard fare ; although he has left he should pay this money back .

Reply Posted by derek on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 14:35
people travel standard class, and still work on confidential matter's. why do's that make them any difference to the way anybody else travels. wonder why ?

Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 14:38
strictly speaking, you shouldn't - under any cirmcumstances - undertake sensitive or confidential work on public transport, there is increased risk of others being able to see it. Sensitive and confidential work should be conpleted prior to travel! This is the FIRST rule of information governance when travelling!! There is absolutely no reason for that many first class trips at all!!! It's an absolute waste!!

He ought to be made to pay back the difference between 1st and standard class trips!

Reply Posted by Scott Skirrow on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 14:40
Disgusting, I wonder how 6 year old Macey feels about this.

Reply Posted by TB on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 16:40
I recently traveled to London standard class off peak and returned fist class off peak - it was £20 cheaper coming back. Not excusing it at all but can't get my head around the price difference.

Reply Posted by AK on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 18:03
Well said LV!!

Reply Posted by The don on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 18:05
Barnsley hospital is an absolute unprofessional joke from top to bottom you can guarantee this guy goes to bupa

Reply Posted by Cathy on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 19:22
Some people think they are above travelling standard class, and I suspect he is one of them. No thought for the public purse. Also I agree he should not be doing confidential work on the train anyway, why couldnt he do that at home, he was paid enough!
The article says 43 first class trips for staff of different grades not just the chief exec, so what's their excuse for going first class?
Easy to spend someone elses money when you've no conscience. BDGH should be told to list each trip, say who took it, and give an explanation as to why every one of the 43 was first class.

Reply Posted by Clare Taylor on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 17:41
What a waste.could have got more doctors with this.it shouldntt be alou.something wants doing about barnsley hospital.how its being run.lack of staff.ones that r there are lazy and useless.pissued off with it now

Reply Posted by Neil on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 17:46
Horrible place to work. It's full of bullies and big heads.

Reply Posted by Jo on Thursday March 28 2013 at 20:08
completely agree neil. Dont even get a tin of chocolates at christmas for our department anymore. Now we know why...

Reply Posted by Wills on Thursday March 28 2013 at 21:47
Bet this is just the tip of the iceberg of mis spent money. Me thinks independant auditors should be going in to look at the money, and clinical inspectors to review care and patient treatment, BDGH has a shocking reputation. No smoke without fire!

Reply Posted by king loius on Sunday March 31 2013 at 17:35
reading the Times Newspaper is not confidential work