The most senior consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has resigned from the board. Medical director Paul Upton is now the fifth member of the management team of one of the region's biggest hospitals to stand down.
The former chairman of the Royal Cornwall NHS Trust, Martin Watts, is to attend a public board meeting at the Trust today.
He claims he was forced to resign from his job after a complaint about his behaviour, despite recently extending his contract for another four years. He says he was forced to step down after a colleague objected to him touching her on the shoulder.
Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird reports on the resignation of the Chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust in Truro. Martin Watts quit following a complaint of "inappropriate behaviour" - which he says was touching a woman on the shoulder.
Commenting on the resignation of Martin Watts as Chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, an NHS Trust Development Authority spokesperson said:
Following an independent investigation into the conduct of Martin Watts which upheld a complaint under the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust’s dignity at work policy, we have decided to accept his resignation from his post as Chair with immediate effect.