Hatfield councillor had to tell NHS to stop paying him

PUBLISHED: 08:38 08 February 2019

Hatfield councillor Peter Hebden.
Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Hatfield councillor Peter Hebden. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

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Hatfield councillor Peter Hebden had to tell the NHS to stop paying him...three months after he had stopped working for them.

Cllr Hebden told a meeting of Welwyn Hatfield Council that he had stopped working for the NHS in October last year.

But in January the cash-strapped organisation was STILL paying his salary.

It was only when he pointed out the error in writing that they stopped.

Cllr Hebden highlighted the error during a debate on the council’s budget, on Monday (February 4), to illustrate the difference between the need for funding and responsible spending.

He said: “Until October I worked for the NHS for six years.

“I had to write to them in January to ask them to stop paying me.

“I wrote to them and said, ‘Could you stop paying me?’

“How many people haven’t done that?

“How many other people are continuing to be paid when they no longer work for them?”

Speaking during a debate on the council’s budget proposals, Cllr Hebden, Conservative councillor for the Hatfield East ward, said his comments could relate to any organisation or department.

But in making the distinction between funding and spending, he praised the financial approach taken by Welwyn Hatfield Council.

He said: “So it’s not just about ploughing money into everything.

“It’s about responsible spending, responsible management – and I think that’s what we’ve got with this council.”

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