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Cornwall's Biggest Hospital Taken To Court

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:15pm 26th September 2013. (Updated at 7:26am 27th September 2013)

Cornwall's biggest hospital is being taken to an employment tribunal by a former chairman.

Martin Watts is claiming unfair dismissal and says he wants to clear his name after claims about his conduct.

He says he was forced to resign in June.

In a statement Mr Watts said: "I found it necessary to take the NHS Trust Development Authority and RCHT to the Employment Tribunal Court claiming unfair dismissal and reinstatement as Chairman of the Trust in order to complete my second four year term."

He added the fact that he was taking the action was "a matter of considerable concern and deep regret."

Speaking to Pirate FM after announcing the action at Thursday's meeting, Mr Watts said: "They deemed that I had a justifiable claim and that a court tribunal hearing was appropriate. I would hope to receive then an apology and to be re-instated as the chairman.

"It has hurt deeply and I'm afraid I need to get it sorted out. But all I want is an apology and then I'll let bygones be bygones."

Bosses at Treliske said they had no comment at this point in time.

A spokesperson for the NHS Trust Development Authority said: "We can confirm that we have been notified that Mr Watts has submitted a claim to the employment tribunals.  It would be inappropriate for us to go into further detail at this stage."

Two years ago, the Royal Cornwall Hospital spent almost £3 million fighting former Chief Executive John Watkinson in the courts.

Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall said: "I don't want that to happen again. I don't think it has done anybody any good in all honesty. Whoever paid for it, ultimately at the end of the day, it was money out of the public purse."

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