WORKFORCE: The foundation trust has made severance pay outs of £169,467 to departing employees over the past two years, figures released by the Public Accounts Committee show.

It made payments of £18,000, £37,000, and £20,000 to three former employees in 2009-10. In the last financial year, the trust made payments of £24,467 and £70,000 to two former employees.

Special severance payments are made to employees, particularly senior managers, on leaving employment, which are above their contractual entitlements. They must be approved by the Treasury.