Sacked Doctor ‘Was Unfairly Dismissed’, Tribunal Rules

A heart specialist was unfairly sacked after raising concerns about patient safety, a tribunal has ruled.

Dr Raj Mattu was dismissed by University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 2010.

In 2001, he exposed the cases of two patients who had died in crowded bays at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.

Dr Mattu said he was “absolutely relieved” at the ruling. The trust said it was disappointed and would examine the ruling for grounds to appeal.

Whistle-Blowers ‘Discouraged’

Employment Judge Pauline Hughes ruled the consultant “did not cause or contribute to his dismissal” and had been subject to “many detriments” by the trust as a consequence of being a whistle-blower.

His allegations had been “serious” and “attracted a great deal of media coverage and public interest”, she said.

She also ruled that the surgeon had been treated “unfavourably” by the trust as a result of a disability.

But she dismissed Dr Mattu’s claims of racial discrimination.

Dr Mattu told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the trust had made false allegations against him as a “plausible alternative” for his dismissal – when the real reason had been his whistle-blowing.

“Scores of false allegations, some of them quite heinous, were put forward,” he said.

“The saddest thing out of all of this for me is that the people who have lost out the most are the patients and the public because for 13 years the trust management have prevented me from looking after patients.

“They have also, in the way they have treated me, discouraged any further whistle-blowers in the NHS from coming forward and risking having their career and livelihood destroyed.”

In a statement, the trust said it “needs to examine the Tribunal’s decision in more detail (which runs to over 400 pages) to consider its grounds for appeal”

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