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RCHT consultant resigns from board

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.

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Statement: New interim-chair appointment for Cornwall NHS trust

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

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