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Second Cornish Health Boss Quits Within A Week

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3:21pm 27th June 2013

The interim chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital has resigned after two days in the post.

It comes just a week after former Chairman Martin Watts quit, claiming he was the victim of a smear campaign.

Mr Watts says he was forced to stand down after two complaints against his conduct were upheld.

Now bosses at Treliske have confirmed his replacement Mike Higgins has gone too.

A spokesman for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said: "We can confirm that Mike Higgins has decided to resign as interim Chairman of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

"Clearly, this is disappointing but we continue to work with the NHS Trust Development Authority on both the interim arrangements and the permanent appointment of a new Chairman of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

"We are committed to ensuring that all our staff feel able to raise any concerns they have, with the assurance that those concerns will be dealt with appropriately.

"We will not be distracted from our duties of continuing to provide excellent patient care."

A spokesperson for the NHS Trust Development Authority said: "We are actively working to ensure that Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has the leadership it needs as quickly as possible.  It is crucial that we get the right person to chair the trust to ensure that it continues both to provide excellent health care services for the local community and to work  towards achieving Foundation Trust status."

3:21pm 27th June 2013

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