A RECRUITMENT agency was paid £21,000 for the appointment of the temporary chief executive at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals, in what one campaigner has called a ‘slap in the face’ for frontline staff.

Data obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph has revealed the amount that East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) paid to Hunter Healthcare for the services of respected interim chief Jim Birrell, who was in charge of the troubled trust from January to September this year.

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