On 17 July 2010 the Secretary of State for Health asked Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in England, to initiate a review into the approach and behaviour of the NHS South West in relation to Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, in particular, to the dismissal of John Watkinson and, by association, the Trust’s position in relation to the provision of upper GI services in Cornwall.
John Watkinson was dismissed from his role as Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2009. John Watkinson took his case to employment tribunal, which found that Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust acted as it did as a result of pressure from the South West Strategic Health Authority (NHS South West).
Verita, a specialist company that conducts independent investigations, reviews and inquiries were commissioned to undertake this review. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Deputy Vice-President of the Law Society and a member of the QC appointments panel led the review.
This independent report details the findings of the review by Verita.