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Former Treliske Chairman Vows To Clear His Name

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:51pm 21st June 2013.

A Cornish health boss says there is a smear campaign against him.

Martin Watts claims he was forced to quit as chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital after a complaint about his conduct.

Now officials have told Pirate FM another one was upheld in January, after two different members of staff came forward.

Mr Watts tells the Westcountry Tonight he is the victim of a witch hunt.

He said: "I'm bewildered, deeply distressed personally and for my wife and family, and I think this is bullying and harrassment now against the Chairman.

Mr Watts has denied he made anyone feel uncomfortable: "Not at all. I was doing a presentation and I just went across and said 'would you mind making a note of the questions and answers?' so, no."

There is a warning the latest crisis at the Royal Cornwall hospital mustn't be allowed to distract from patient care

George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, said: "The sad thing about this, it's a bit of a distraction from the key task for Royal Cornwall Hospital which is to get its finances in order, get itself in shape and to give the best possible service to its patients.

"I think really now what the trust has got to do, he's resigned, we are where we are, I think they've now got to get a new Chairman in place as quickly as possible and try to put this episode behind them and really focus on getting themselves in shape to sort out their problems and get ready for the switch to Foundation status."

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