Hospital Board Turmoil Continues With More Resignations

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has appointed a new interim chair to their board.

Angela Ballatti has been given the role by the NHS Trust Development Authority, the organisation that monitors the performance of hospital trusts.

It follows a turbulent week for the trust, which saw former chair Martin Watts resign after an investigation upheld a compliant against him. He has said he’ll start a legal fight to clear his name.

And his replacement Mike Higgins quit on Thursday after just two days in the job.

Three non-executive directors have also left, leaving the board close to being non-quorate.

The Chairman of the NHS Trust Development Authority, Sir Peter Carr, said he appreciates that the events of the last few weeks may have been an unsettling time and that’s why they’ve appointed such an experienced Chair.

He said he’s confident that she can provide the stability and focus that is needed.

The RCHT, which looks after Treliske, has been moving towards an application to become a Foundation Trust, which would give it more independence from the NHS.

It’s unclear how this will affect the timing of that process.