New Cornwall hospital trust interim chairman announced

An interim chairman has been named at a hospital trust after the resignation of the previous chairman following complaints about his conduct.

Martin Watts resigned from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust last week, but said he would fight for his job back through the courts.

A complaint by two staff was upheld under the dignity at work policy.

Deputy chair Mike Higgins has been appointed until an permanent appointment is made, the trust said.

He described his new role as "an honour".

"These are challenging times for the trust, and the NHS as a whole, and I will do all I can to offer stability and focus to ensure we continue to provide the very best care for our patients," he said.

The NHS body that sets rules for trusts said an independent investigation had upheld a complaint against Mr Watts from two members of staff.

The trust's dignity at work policy covers issues such as bullying, harassment and victimisation, but the trust has not revealed the specific details of the accusations.

Mr Watts said his decision to resign was not an admission of guilt and he would fight to clear his name.

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