Another loss at top of health authority

IT'S all change again at the top of the region's NHS as another high-profile health boss announces his departure from the Strategic Health Authority.Paul Kemp, director of finance for the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA's, is the last of the 'big three' to leave.

IT'S all change again at the top of the region's NHS as another high-profile health boss announces his departure from the Strategic Health Authority.

Paul Kemp, director of finance for the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA's, is the last of the 'big three' to leave.

His resignation follows on from the departure of chairman Stewart Francis and chief executive Peter Houghton, who have both left in the last six months.

Mr Kemp is believed to be resigning from the NHS altogether but will continue in his post until the end of the month.

A spokesman for the SHA denied the trio's departures were anything other than a coincidence.

He said: "It's a time of big changes and sometimes people get the opportunity to retire. Mr Kemp has decided to retire.

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"People can read in to the sequence of events what they like."

The authority is currently without a chief executive until Alan Burns, chief executive of Trent SHA in the east Midlands, takes over in two weeks time.

He will continue in his role at Trent, working as chief executive across the two regions.

The new finance director will also be shared across the two regions.

The spokesman denied that the recent changes are having a negative effect on the authority – which is currently working to reduce debts of around £50m across the region.

He said: "The way the organisation is configured means it is business as usual. It's not affecting the way services are being delivered."

Lilian Power, former chairman of Ipswich primary care trust, resigned from her post due to what she claims was a 'culture of bullying' by the SHA.

She said: "I'm glad the SHA is having a new start. Now the chairman, chief executive and director of finance have all gone perhaps we can all start again.

"Perhaps the problems will be tackled with a new vigour."

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