The outgoing chief executive of a trust facing a £36m deficit left with a £170,000 pay-off.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals trust has revealed Mark Rees was paid nine months’ pay in lieu of notice and three months’ pay for loss of office - totalling£170,000.

Mr Rees, who had been chief executive for four years, left the trust in October - just days before his partner, Rose Gibb, left as chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust.

The Barking trust said that the settlement with Mr Rees had been subject to scrutiny by external auditors and NHS London.

Sue Barnett, the deputy chief executive and director of operations at the trust, also left her job last week. The trust refused to give any details of her departure or financial settlement except to say that she left by mutual consent.

The trust has a forecast deficit of£36m for the year but said a turnaround team is working to bring it into operating surplus by 2011. The trust was recently rated poor for its use of resources by the Healthcare Commission.