FINANCE: The Royal Wolverhampton Trust is attempting to claw back more than £10,000 paid to a previous chair because the payment was in breach of financial rules for trusts.

In response to a freedom of information request, the trust said a payment of an “additional £10,786 (taxed at source) per annum” was made to a previous chair “in order to match their previous NHS salary”.

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The trust has already retrieved £3,200 from three non-executive directors

The response added: “The trust is pursuing repayment of these monies.”

A trust spokesman declined to reveal the name of the previous chair who received the money.

The trust also paid £3,200 to three non-executive directors for “significant additional work” they had performed when the board had “a number of” non-executive director vacancies.

The trust has already retrieved these payments.

The law requires NHS trusts to only pay a chair or non-executive director a “remuneration of an amount determined by the secretary of state”.

A trust spokesman said: “In accordance with our financial policies, once we have established that an incorrect payment has been made we will always take action to recover the payment.”

A spokeswoman for the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “The trust has reported these payments which were made in error and is taking appropriate recovery action.”