£1.22 million for unfair dismissal

5 February 2016

An Employment Tribunal in Birmingham found that University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust unfairly dismissed Dr Raj Mattu by reason of his whistleblowing.

Dr Mattu secured damages of £1.22 million from the Trust after a six-year legal battle and concerns that went back 15 years. His protected disclosures related to hospital over-crowding and associated patient health concerns. Subsequent to raising those issues, Dr Mattu was accused of bullying and suspended from his role as a cardiologist. The Tribunal criticised the Trust for holding a disciplinary hearing at a time when Dr Mattu could not attend – he was in hospital. Dr Mattu was subsequently dismissed and brought a claim against the Trust for (i) unfair dismissal on the grounds of whistleblowing and (ii) race discrimination. The discrimination claim was not successful.

Whilst the compensation may appear particularly high in this case it is likely to include career-long losses and follows a very lengthy case. Dr Mattu has said he may now re-train as a science teacher.

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