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Failing hospital boss quits with big golden handshake

Wednesday 10 August 2011

The head of a Rotterdam hospital which has been hit by an outbreak of a multiresistant bacteria has resigned with a golden handshake of €236,000.

In total, 28 patients have died and 88 been infected by the super bug Klebsiella at the Maasstad hospital.

Hospital director Paul Smits, who came under fire for failing to tackle the outbreak early enough, has now resigned, but MPs from all parties are furious at the amount of money he has been given in compensation.

'He resigns three weeks too late and walks off with over €200,000. This is being rewarded for mismanagement,' said PVV MP Karen Gerbrands. 'This man has played with peoples' lives.'

Labour, Socialist and PVV MPs have called on Smits to hand back the money. A spokesman for the ruling Liberal party called on Smits and the hospital's supervisory board to look in the mirror and question the morality of what they had done.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

It's an absolute disgrace. The only decent thing that Mr. Smits could do is give the money back. How about donating it to Greece? Or the London re-build that will be necessary when the rioting stops?

By Rebecca | 10 August 2011 10:01 AM

Instead of donating to no-relevant people in Greece or London, the money should be donated back to the families who suffered from the disaster in that hospital.

By reply to Rebecca | 10 August 2011 8:09 PM

Whether or not he resigned "three weeks too late" or not is immaterial -- save for the poor patients who lost their lives -- the hospital board bears some responsibility in that as they could have acted sooner to dismiss him. But, his compensation payment was probably written into his contract, so this is probably nothing more than crying over spillt milk. The hospital board members and practices need to be reviewed.

By Quince | 10 August 2011 8:33 PM

Disgraceful? Goes way beyond it when people are starving and the best we can do is reward Mr Smith for killing people and getting away with a handshake of 200,000 euros for making it happen

By eduarda chalmers | 11 August 2011 12:31 AM

Asking him to pay it back is futile. What the state has to do is to charge him with gross negligence ( not incompetance, as that is not a crime), dereliction of duty and other such charges.

As the state has virtually infinite resources, this guy will be broken by stress and legal fees. If convicted, then massive fines. A combination of stress, legal fees and fines, will be a lesson to these looters from the public purse.

By DP111 | 25 August 2011 10:53 AM

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