Comms chief stands down from PCT role

A HEALTH chief tasked with communicating to the public the supposed benefits of scrapping head and neck cancer surgery at Ipswich Hospital has quit.

Rebecca Lefort

A HEALTH chief tasked with communicating to the public the supposed benefits of scrapping head and neck cancer surgery at Ipswich Hospital has quit.

Dave Rowson, Suffolk Primary Care Trust's (PCT) director of communications and external relationships, only joined the trust in October and has now stepped down for family reasons.

He was responsible for putting a positive spin on the plans to move the surgery to Norwich, a recommendation which has been overwhelmingly opposed, with more than 3,000 people signing an Evening Star petition against the move.

Carole Taylor-Brown, chief executive of Suffolk PCT, said: “Dave Rowson, our former director of communications and external relationships, has left the PCT for personal reasons relating to the distance between his work and his family home in Cheshire.

“I would like to thank Dave for his contribution during his time with the PCT and wish him every success for the future.

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“Martin Royal, our director of business development, will take on an additional external relationships role following Dave's departure while a review of the current arrangements is carried out.”

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