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High Court rules against Birmingham University in investigation of leading diabetologist

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4550 (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4550
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A diabetologist who faces a disciplinary investigation over his conduct of five clinical trials has won the right to be accompanied to an investigatory meeting by an adviser from his medical defence organisation.

The High Court in London has ruled that Birmingham University’s refusal to let a representative of the Medical Protection Society accompany Martin Stevens to the meeting breached an implied term of the employment contract: that the employer will do nothing without good reason to undermine the mutual trust and confidence between employer and employee.

Stevens, who was appointed to the chair of medicine (diabetes and metabolism) at Birmingham University in 2004, took the case to the High Court after the university insisted that he …

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