10 May 2010
Hospital boss was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules
The former head of a hospital was the victim of unfair dismissal, it has been ruled.
John Watkinson was suspended and subsequently sacked from his role as chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) two years ago over concerns about his management, the BBC reports.
In response, he alleged that he had lost his job with the organisation for doing his duty because he opposed the move of some cancer services from Truro to Plymouth.
During a tribunal, it was ruled that the dismissal was "automatically ... procedurally and substantively unfair".
The panel will now consider how much Mr Watkinson should receive in compensation.
He commented: "This judgment shows that my treatment was unfair and restores my good name and reputation."
Meanwhile, the RCHT - which provides services to a population of around 450,000 - said it was disappointed with the decision and is considering an appeal.