Hospital boss unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules

A former hospital boss has won his claim for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.

John Watkinson, ex-chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT), was suspended in 2008 after concerns about his management. He was later dismissed because he disagreed with plans to move some cancer services from Truro to Plymouth, he claimed at tribunal.

Employment judge John Hollow concluded the dismissal was “automatically…procedurally and substantively unfair,” the BBC has reported.

A spokesperson for the RCHT said it was “gravely disappointed” at the judgment and was considering an appeal.

The tribunal will now consider the amount of compensation Watkinson should be awarded.

The cancer service move took place at the beginning of this year, although it will be reviewed by an independent panel.

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