Published: 05/05/2005, Volume II5, No. 5954 Page 6

The non-executive directors of financially troubled Surrey and Sussex Healthcare trust resigned last week, after being asked to consider their positions.

Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority chair Peter Bareau met the trust's non-executives last Wednesday.

An SHA spokesman said: 'In light of the recent public interest report from the trust's auditors, the non-executive directors were asked to consider their positions.' HSJ understands that all bar one of the five non-executives have resigned from their positions.

Non-executive director Joyce Drummond-Hill, who was appointed in December, has not been asked to step down.

Last month, trust auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers warned the Department of Health that unless the trust received 'substantial financial support' it would fail to balance the books at the end of its threeyear break-even period in March 2006.

The zero-starred trust is currently£30m in the red.

In February both chief executive Ken Cunningham and chair Adrian Brown left the trust, and 'troubleshooter' Anthony McKeever was drafted in as acting chief executive.