21 May 2010
Health authority faces probe in case of unfair dismissal
An organisation is facing an investigation in a case involving unfair dismissal.
Earlier this month, it was ruled that former chief executive at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust John Watkinson had been sacked in an unjust manner, the Bromley Times reports.
Now, NHS South West is looking into allegations made by the then acting chairman of the trust John Mills, who said the strategic health authority urged him to fire Mr Watkinson.
A spokesperson for NHS South West said it is denying the suggestions.
The representative added: "We did not exert pressure on the trust to dismiss John Watkinson. We were firm that the trust conducted an independent review, the findings of which concluded that the trust was headed towards corporate failure."
It was also noted that NHS South West - which was established in July 2006 and provides services to a population of around 5.1 million - will offer every assistance during investigations.