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NHS Suffolk appoints new chief exec

Following the announcement that Carole Taylor-Brown will be stepping down as chief executive of NHS Suffolk due to ill health at the end of the month, an interim replacement has been announced. Dr Paul Watson, who is currently chief executive at NHS North East Essex, will join on secondment on the 1st of October.


[quote]It is an immense privilege to be taking on this role,  said Dr Watson.  The enthusiasm of staff, and what they have achieved by working together for the people of Suffolk, has impressed me hugely.

The NHS is going through an exciting change. I'll be working with colleagues to focus on further improvements to local NHS services, while driving forward the changes which will put GPs and patients at the forefront of decision making.[/quote]

Taylor Brown, who has worked in the NHS for 14 years, has had to step down on doctor’s orders after suffering a painful spinal infection during a successful battle with breast cancer. Chairman Alastair McWhirter has expressed his dismay at her departure, lauding her “remarkable work and incredible achievements”.

He added: “The board welcomes Dr Watson to the team. We believe he will be very committed to the changes we have to make as well as ensuring the people of Suffolk continue to receive the best possible care available.”