The chief executive of a trust at the centre of a national media storm after a patient complained about finding 'do not resuscitate' on her notes has announced he is taking early retirement.

Dick Bishop, chief executive of Por tsmouth Hospita ls trust, said he was standing down because the organisation faced 'an intensive and prolonged period of change' as city hospitals were redeveloped under a£100m private finance initiative programme and changes were made to military hospital services.

Trust spokeswoman Pat Forsyth described suggestions that Mr Bishop was leaving because of the row over the patient's notes as 'complete rubbish'.

Age Concern is compiling a dossier on age discrimination in the NHS following the case, which it claims has prompted more than 400 similar complaints.