Some breast cancer patients in Cornwall could benefit from faster treatment from today. The drug Herceptin can now be given by a quick injection rather than a much longer intravenous drip. It follows trials among patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital
The most senior consultant on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Dr Paul Upton, has become the fifth member of the board to resign from his position within two months.
In a statement, the trust said Dr Upton would continue his clinical and other duties within the organisation:
Dr Paul Upton has today decided to step aside as Medical Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and give up his position on the Trust Board.
This move has been taken following the General Medical Council’s decision to begin a preliminary investigation into historic decision making at the Trust over the last decade in the case of a former Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Dr Upton has made a valuable contribution to the Trust and we do not want to lose his talents and skills within the organisation.
We have therefore agreed he will continue to play an important role in transforming services, including his excellent work on improving the clinical environment for patients and staff.
His new role, alongside his clinical commitments as an anaesthetist, will be as Director of Transformation which will commence with immediate effect.We have appointed as Interim Medical Director – Dr Duncan Browne - and we plan to immediately go out to advert for a substantive Medical Director appointment.
– Lezli Boswell, Chief Executive, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
The most senior consultant on the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has become the fifth member of the board to resign from his position within two months.
Paul Upton’s decision comes in the wake of an investigation by the General Medical Council into historic decision making in the organisation in the case of the former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Rob Jones.
Mr Jones was suspended in May last year following a number of reviews into his clinical competency.
The Trust has appointed an Dr Duncan Browne as Interim Medical Director and says it plans to advertise for Medical Director appointment as-soon-as-possible.
A new interim chair has been appointed for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.
Angela Ballatti will take up the post in early July. She will bring over 15 years’ experience as a Chair of NHS boards across the country to this challenging role.
She has been chair at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for 6 years between 2006 and 2012. Prior to this she was a Chair of County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals and North Durham Healthcare NHS Trusts in the North East for nearly 9 years.
It is a great privilege to be asked to take the chairmanship role at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The organisation has clearly made great strides in improving services for the people of Cornwall over the last few years and I am looking forward to providing the stable board leadership to the Trust that will enable them to build on that success. I am looking forward to working closely with Lezli Boswell and all of the staff at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
– Angela Ballatti, new interim chair of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
I appreciate that the events of the last few weeks may have been unsettling time for people in Cornwall. That is exactly why we have appointed such an experienced Chair as Angela Ballatti. I am hugely confident that she is exactly what is needed to provide that crucial stability and focus that is needed on the Board at the Trust.
– Chairman of the NHS Trust Development Authority, Sir Peter Carr
I served as a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust for almost four years until yesterday, when, with extreme sadness, I concluded that I could no longer fulfil the essential oversight and assurance role which is that of the independently appointed non-executive. I very much hope and expect that the progress made in recent years towards strengthening the organisation and ensuring high quality health care for Cornwall will be continued.
– Resignation statement by Sue Hall, former Non Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust