Former Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust chief executive Rose Gibb has won the right to continue her battle for a severance package.

Rose Gibb, who left Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust days before a Healthcare Commission report into a C difficile outbreak, has been given leave to challenge a High Court judgement that the trust acted beyond its powers in agreeing to pay her £250,000. The Appeal Court will hear the case in February next year.

This November she will try to persuade the court to extend the grounds on which she can appeal.

In January this year Ms Gibb, backed by her union Managers in Partnership, tried to convince the High Court that the trust should pay her the full £250,000 rather than just the £75,000 it offered after former health secretary Alan Johnson criticised the proposed pay-off.