CEO ‘unfairly sacked for whistleblowing’ wins £1.2m compensation

According to the Daily Mail, John Watkinson, ex-CEO of Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS trust, has won compensation for being unfairly sacked over his determination to lobby against plans for specialist upper gastrointestinal cancer services to move out of Cornwall to neighbouring Devon.

An employment tribunal found he was sacked as CEO because he was about to blow the whistle and was highly critical of the trust and the Strategic Health Authority.

Mr Wilkinson is reported as saying that the who issue “has revealed a bullying culture  and readiness to ride roughshod over public concerns [in the NHS in the South West].”

For further information, read the Daily Mail article here and a previous Healthcare Governance Review post here.

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