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Bosses' 'thank you' that takes the biscuit

Issue No. 2306

Bosses at Torbay Hospital have given their workers a break—by handing them Kit Kat chocolate bars to celebrate winning an award.

The hospital was named acute healthcare organisation of the year in 2011 in the prestigious Health Service Journal awards.

Management celebrated with a slap-up meal. But health workers had to make do with a 60p Kit Kat voucher in their pay slips.

The GMB union said the biscuit handout “looks a bit cheap”.

Hospital boss Paula Vasco-Knight admitted she would have to “think of other ways of thanking staff”.

Meanwhile Mick Davis, the boss of huge mining firm Xstrata, is being offered £30 million—just to keep doing what he’s doing now.

The payment is to stop him leaving when the firm merges with rival miners Glencore.

Davis is already the best paid chief executive in the FTSE 100 top firms.

Even shareholders are calling the payout “gratutious”.


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