Third health boss to step down

ANOTHER of the region's health bosses is today preparing to leave his job.Brian Parrot has announced his resignation as chairman of the Central Suffolk primary care trust and will stand down at the end of March.

ANOTHER of the region's health bosses is today preparing to leave his job.

Brian Parrot has announced his resignation as chairman of the Central Suffolk primary care trust and will stand down at the end of March.

He is the third health chief to quit the region's ailing health system in the past four months.

In October Lilian Power, chairman of the Ipswich primary care trust, resigned after accusing regional bosses at the Strategic Health Authority of a culture of bullying.


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And in December Stewart Francis, chairman of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority, announced he was leaving to concentrate on his work with the Rail Passengers Council.

Today Mr Parrott stressed his decision is "absolutely not related" to the current problems facing the health service and said he has decided to stand down to spend more time on his national roles with the NHS.

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He said: "I will have served a full three years and I feel the time is now right for me to shift the emphasis of what I'm doing."

He will now focus on his roles within the NHS nationally which include his post as interim non-executive director of the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts.

Mr Parrott emphasised his support for the new management team overseeing the three East Suffolk PCTs.

It said: "There are many positives within the NHS in East Suffolk. The practitioners, the clinicians and the staff all deserve huge credit for what they are achieving.

"I am very supportive of Tony Robinson in his role of chairing the joint strategic board across the three East Suffolk Primary Care Trusts and I shall continue to be very supportive of the NHS in Suffolk."

Mr Parrott is currently a director of Verita, a national inquiries, investigations and reviews consultancy and undertakes work for the Department of Health and Centre for Public Scrutiny as well as working as an independent social care, health and local government consultant.

Carole Taylor-Brown, interim chief executive of the Suffolk East Primary Care Trusts, said his departure will be "a sad loss for the NHS locally".

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