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Colchester Hospital Chief Executive resigns

The Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital, Dr Gordon Coutts, has resigned.

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Colchester MP criticises former Chief Executive of town's hospital for "leaving others in the lurch"

Sir Bob Russell MP has criticised Dr Gordon Coutts' decision to resign. Credit: PA

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell says that the under-fire Colchester Hospital is "not a sinking ship" and that Chief Executive Dr Gordon Coutts should have continued in his role.

Dr Coutts resigned from his position earlier today following allegations that staff were bullied into changing cancer patient records.

“Colchester General Hospital is not a sinking ship and therefore the captain and its senior officers, in this case the Chief Executive, should have remained at the helm until such time that he or they were told to leave should this become the conclusion of the current investigations.

“In my opinion Dr Coutts should have stayed, at least for now, until the investigations into what happened under his stewardship are concluded. Leaving others in the lurch is not what the leadership should be doing."

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