Health trust chief quits

JANE Hore, Suffolk county's leader, has quit her post as chairman on one of the county's health trusts after a report into complaints about its management style.

JANE Hore, Suffolk county's leader, has quit her post as chairman on one of the county's health trusts after a report into complaints about its management style.

Jane Hore said she had "fallen upon the syringe" following a two-month review into the workings of Waveney Primary Care Trust. It had been launched after complaints from GPs about management of the trust allegedly being "heavy-handed".

Ms Hore added: "It was my decision. As chairman I have to take responsibility, therefore I shall fall upon the syringe. I have always worked for the community benefit, and I shall continue to do so within the fields of health and social care."

She explained: "The review has been conducted and there were recommendations that the (strategic) health authority strongly expected to be implemented."

Ms Hore said her resignation would not affect her position as leader of the council.

The review findings and recommendations were put to a special private meeting of the PCT Board on Friday evening at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. A spokesman for the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire NHS Strategic Health Authority (SHA) said the PCT had fully accepted it.

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It is understood the report called for a root and branch review of the management arrangements within the PCT and greater involvement of clinicians within it.

It is expected the SHA will be working with the PCT to form an action plan to improve the overall standards of clinical governance and to improve communication.

The SHA was invited to conduct the review after concerns were raised over alleged internal problems at the PCT.

The SHA spokesman said: "A number of recommendations have been made which need to be considered by the board.

"While the role of the strategic health authority in conducting the review has been entirely impartial, we do have a strong interest in ensuring that recommendations are acted on in the interests of the health community and public of Waveney."

He said that the local medical committee, representing GPs, had broadly welcomed the review and its recommendations.

Gareth Richards, president of the Suffolk branch of the British Medical Association, who was until recently chairman of the local medical committee which had put across GPs' concerns, said there would need to be changes within the PCT.

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