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”.
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.”