The chair of James Paget Hospitals Foundation Trust in Great Yarmouth has resigned following a political storm over alleged poor care.

On 27 October Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey read out in Parliament a letter purportedly from GPs belonging to the Health East clinical commissioning group.

The CCG’s chief executive Andrew Evans said: “Health East categorically did not send the letter and [we] don’t know who did.”

The letter said its authors, “a group of concerned GPs”, along with politicians, had “lost confidence in the ability of [the trust’s] leadership to correct its current failings” following three negative inspections from the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Coffey said trust chair John Hemming should “consider his position”.

Last week Mr Hemming announced that he would resign because he was “seen politically as a hindrance to improving patient care for the vulnerable and elderly, which is unacceptable to me”.

A statement from trust said governors had voiced “unanimous support” for the chair and had asked him to stay.

Non executive director Peter Franzen has been appointed interim chair. The trust has strongly disputed the accusations of poor care.