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Judgement reserved on sacking of Cornwall hospital boss

John Watkinson arriving at employment tribunal
Mr Watkinson claims he was unfairly dismissed from his post in Cornwall

Judgement has been reserved over the sacking of a former hospital boss in Cornwall.

John Watkinson claims he was unfairly dismissed from his post as chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) last April.

The (RCHT) claimed his leadership was heading "towards corporate failure".

Evidence in the three-week employment tribunal concluded on Thursday and a judgement is not expected to be made until at least next month.

Mr Watkinson 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.



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