Barchester refutes ‘inaccurate’ report of CEO’s £2m salary

Barchester Healthcare – Corporate Headshots – May 2014

Leading care home operator Barchester Healthcare has refuted a report that its CEO Dr Pete Calveley received a bumper pay rise to take his salary to £2m.

Quoting Barchester’s company accounts last week, the Daily Mail reported that Dr Calveley’s (pictured) salary more than doubled in 2019 to £2m in 2019 up from £915,000 in 2018.

The reported pay hike provoked an outcry with former Liberal Care Minister Sir Norman Lamb branding it “obscene” and Eileen Chubb, director of Compassion in Care, describing it “disgusting and disgraceful”.

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Barchester has refuted the Mail’s claims, however, describing the reported pay rise as “not accurate”.

A Barchester spokesperson told CHP that the Mail article did not “represent an accurate picture”.

The spokesperson added: “Reflecting the importance of our teams, our remuneration scheme for care staff is the best in the care sector and over 50% of care staff in homes got a bonus in 2019, with some receiving 100% of their salary in bonus payments.

“In terms of executive salary, the figures the Daily Mail is quoting are not accurate, in real terms, the most senior executive’s salary increased solely in line with inflation with the balance of the remuneration increase due to the part-maturation of a 4 year long-term non recurrent incentive plan.”

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  1. Barchester Healthcare have charged our family an after death fee of in excess of 1200.00. , perfectly legal but uneasy to think we are contributing to this rediculous salary.

  2. Barchester Homes should actually try employing fully trained managers who can be bothered to prepare for assessments of residents when a change of care is required. They should also be prepared to apologise to families when they have got things so badly wrong that they remove a manager because they made such a huge mistake that within a week of getting things wrong a hone is crawling with senior management and the CQC Inspector is there again, a few weeks after an inspection! Anything the Chairman is paid is too much in my opinion! Try providing enough staff to actually take proper care of your residents!!

  3. Totally agree with Kate Wright above. My mother passed away 2 weeks ago and i still haven’t seen the notes for her final month and the report of her final day. The home (Wykeham house) has now admitted to the CQC that their notes and records are are not up to industry standards. We failed a DST for CHC due to “insufficient evidence from the (Barchester owned) nursing home.” Thats the CCGs wording not mine. The manager pf the home is not fit for purpose and neither is her deputy. Yet Barchester seen to now be ignoring all requests for the final set of notes, including the report on the circumstances in which out mother died. Anyone looking for a care / nursing home? Do not consider Barchester. If this guys running the show and getting paid anything at all? It’s too much in my book.

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