Ex-hospital chairman withdraws legal action threat
The former chairman of a Cornish hospital has withdrawn a threat of legal action.
Martin Watts resigned from his post at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) in June after external investigations into two separate complaints were upheld.
He insisted that he was forced to stand down and last month announced he was to take the matter to an employment tribunal.
Mr Watts said that he was now forced to withdraw from the action in the light of advice that an employment tribunal had no jurisdiction in a position like the one he held.
It was a huge disappointment, said Mr Watts, who has had a long and successful business career.
"What this simply means is that I, with the supporting evidence of some eight key witnesses, am now unable to hold to account in what appeared to me to be the most appropriate forum, an employment tribunal," Mr Watts said.
He added that he had wished to have examined the actions of the two NHS chief executives, including current RCHT boss Lezli Boswell.
But Mr Watts said that it was now time to move on.
"However I and my wife have now decided that enough is enough and that it is time to put RCHT and the power politics of the NHS behind us.
"I wish all the dedicated and talented staff and volunteers at RCHT my warmest thanks for their great personal support during my time at the Trust, which I hope under the right 100% Cornwall focussed leadership, will go forward successfully working in constructive harmony with its key NHS, Cornwall Council and other partner stakeholders."
Mr Watts resigned after complaints were upheld by the NHS Trust Development Authority and Strategic Health Authority.
One accusation related to a complaint about the former chairman touching a woman during a training session. The second was from a nurse who he criticised over care given to his mother-in-law.