NHS appeals Unfair Dismissal case against Heart Doctor

NhsThe NHS has appealed an earlier Employment Tribunal decision which saw an NHS heart doctor win a claim for unfair dismissal. The claimant said that he was dismissed because he had whistleblown about unsafe practises at the workplace. Feeling that the treatment he received was not in keeping with UK employment law, he had launched his claim.

Professor Mike Chester had worked for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals Trust (RLBUHT). However, he had voiced concerns about unsafe procedures involving patients who were having angina surgery. He said that he was dismissed after whistleblowing about his concerns, and raised his claim to the employment tribunal.

At the tribunal, the NHS denied having fired him for this reason, and instead said that the claimant was sacked on the grounds of “gross misconduct”. The tribunal ruled that the claimant had been unfairly dismissed. The RLBUHT has now appealed that decision, and a hearing is dated for October.

“The matter was settled as far as I was concerned.” Professor Chester said. “The judgement was in my favour on all counts ... We feel we have got a fairly strong case and we will have to see what happens.”

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October 13, 2013
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