The head of a health trust which had the highest mortality rate in England received almost a quarter of a million pounds in severance pay, it was revealed last night.
Tony Halsall was paid the sum after leaving his post at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in disgrace last year.
The trust in Cumbria is currently the subject of a police probe into up to 16 needless baby deaths as well as the deaths of two mothers.
And in a scandal which has been compared to that of Mid Staffordshire, recent data shows a total of 500 people may have needlessly died in the last four years.
Yesterday, politicians reacted with fury at the payout, saying it was cheating taxpayers and ‘rewarding failure’.
Mr Halsall stepped down in February 2012 but still receives his salary of £150,000 a year, which will only be cut off in October this year.
It is understood the payments, which equate to £225,000 overall, were viewed as a severance package.
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