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Employment tribunal for sacked Cornwall hospital boss

John Watkinson
John Watkinson is claiming unfair dismissal from his chief executive post

An employment tribunal is under way into the sacking of a former hospital boss in Cornwall last April.

John Watkinson claims he was unfairly dismissed as chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT).

He was suspended in September 2008 after concerns about debts at Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust (BHT) in London where he had formerly worked.

However, Mr Watkinson claims he was let go because he opposed the move of some cancer services from Truro to Plymouth.

Mr Watkinson, who has won support from health campaigners and hospital staff, was sacked followed an independent review which said RCHT's leadership was heading "towards corporate failure".

The review was prompted by a critical report on financial management at BHT which had debts of £87m.

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