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.
– Lezli Boswell, Chief Executive, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
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.