Health unit says staffing shortage and occupational therapy costs behind Sudbury medical officer of health’s $800,000 salary

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Greater Sudbury’s medical officer of health, reported a 2021 salary of just over $800,000 in 2021, making her the ninth-highest paid public servant in the province.

But in a Friday press release, Sutcliffe said more than $219,000 of that amount is unpaid overtime as of 2020, and $263,000 is overtime as of 2021.

The release highlighted the impressive number of overtime hours worked by Public Health Sudbury & Districts staff during the COVID-19 pandemic – 61,559 hours.

“Long hours, reassignments, multi-seven-day shift work weeks, canceled vacations, and significant, long-standing overtime have stretched and tested everyone’s resilience,” the statement said.

“Today’s salary disclosure reflects this workload and includes 60 public health employees for 2021, compared to 28 in 2020 and 9 in 2019.”

Rene Lapierre, chairman of the health unit’s board of directors, went to great lengths to praise Sutcliffe in the press release. Lapierre said the health unit had been trying to recruit an associate medical officer of health for more than two years without success, forcing Sutcliffe to take on the extra work.

“Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, has been our steadfast leader throughout this emergency, having served the equivalent of more than two positions herself for two years,” Lapierre said.

“Dr. Sutcliffe’s salary disclosure includes these facts, but also includes overtime from 2020 that was only paid in 2021. Of Dr. Sutcliffe’s disclosure, $219,000 relates to overtime worked in 2020 but not paid until 2021 and an additional $263,000 is related to overtime worked and paid in 2021.

The pandemic has resulted in invisible costs for all health units, the statement said, but provincial funding will reimburse those costs, Public Health said.

“All extraordinary 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 costs such as staff salaries and overtime, space rental supplies and equipment, communications, etc. were funded by the provincial government,” the report said. communicated.

“Municipal levies have not been impacted.”

The $800,727.37 reported by Sutcliffe is just behind the $805,000 reported by Mark Fuller, CEO of the Ontario Pension Commission. Two officials from Ontario Power Generation Inc. were the highest paid, CEO Ken Hartwick bringing in a salary of $1.628 million and nuclear chief Dominique Miniere bringing in $1.523 million.

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