While your feature on severance payments ('Take the money and run?' pages 16-18, 4 January) was very interesting, the 'Cerberus' decision and the subsequent Department of Health letter to the NHS, dated 27 November 2000, significantly alters the NHS guidance to trusts in HSC 1999/138.

The DoH has notified the NHS of its intention to revise both HSC 1999/138 (for trusts) and HSC 1999/140 (for health authorities).

M J Proud Acting director of human resources Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Services trust