There’s a right way and a wrong way to deal with overpaying your employees. The wrong way can be best exemplified by this story that comes to us from “Across the Pond” as no one ever really says: “A hospital called in the bailiffs to claw back £1million from doctors and nurses it overpaid by mistake. (A little conversion help: £1million is equivalent to $Infinity in U.S. dollars because the dollar remains a little under the weather.)
The UK hospital system, Barts and London NHS Trust, has allegedly been overpaying many staff since 1999 — even after being informed by some that they were being overpayed. This over-paying situation, however, has sort of come to light for Barts and London NHS Trust with some kind of quickness and they realize that the need all that over-paid money back. Like, yesterday.
Hence the debt collectors.
A big factor motivating this Very Bad Situation: Barts and London NHS Trust are currently making job and budget cuts because of a budgetary shortfall no doubt exacerbated by its fiddle-dee-dee attitude with regards to money. Debt collectors, though, seems a little strong tea. “Barts and London said it pursued all overpayments but was testing a new system to prevent similar mistakes happening in future.”
According to the Mirror U.K., “Of the £1million accidentally paid out, £275,580 remains outstanding.”
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