The chief executive of Tayside health board, Tim Brett, has been given more time to consider his future after a behind-closeddoors meeting with the board chair.
Mr Brett had been due to respond to a unanimous decision taken by the board which apparently amounted to a vote of no confidence in him.
The board had accepted without reservation the findings of the Scottish Parliament's audit committee inquiry into the deficit run up by Tayside University Hospitals trust which blamed lack of governance and communication.
The committee had found it hard to believe that Mr Brett had not been aware of the scale of the problems, particularly as he had previously been chief executive of the acute trust in Dundee, which became part of TUHT.
Neither side would comment as HSJ went to press.