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: Two more board members resign from Cornwall NHS trust

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is in more turmoil today as two more board members have resigned.

It now means four out of seven non-executive board directors have resigned in the last week.

This comes after Interim Chairman, Mike Higgins, resigned from his position yesterday.

Earlier this week, the former chairman of the trust said he will start a legal fight, after claiming he was forced to resign from his job. Martin Watts, who had recently extended his contract for a further four years, resigned on Wednesday after a complaint about his behaviour.

He says he was forced to step down after a colleague objected to him touching her on the shoulder.

Below is one of the resignation letters written to David Flory, Chief Executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority, who carried out the initial investigation involving Martin Watts.

"Dear David

After 41 years working in the NHS, i feel that it is now necessary to sever my links and resign from my post as Associate Non-executive Director at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Over the last difficult weeks, I have tried to establish common ground to keep the show on the road but have failed in this regard.....

– Letter of resignation from Professor Sir Roger Boyle CBE

....Following the departure of our chair and then our interim chair, i expected and hoped for a conciliatory Part 2 meeting today but I fear that relationships between executive and non-executive functions have now been damaged beyond repair in this particular organisation. It is with a heavy heart that I now tender my resignation from the Board with immediate effect and join Sue Hall on the sidelines.

I wish you the best of luck in the process of re-establishing Board functions.

Yours sincerely


– cont'd Letter of resignation from Professor Sir Roger Boyle CBE

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