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Roche denies claims it sacked employee for “whistle blowing”

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1175
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. Bedford

    The pharmaceutical giant Roche this week accused a former senior manager of “jumping to conclusions” and “blowing the issues out of proportion.” The senior manager claims she was sacked for uncovering their dealings with a network of private slimming clinics.

    Dr Ryta Kuzel, aged 39, was criticised by her former employer at a Bedford Employment Tribunal hearing on Monday, after alleging she was marched from the premises in March 2005 as part of a cover-up over sales of their weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical).

    Dr Kuzel argued at an earlier hearing (BMJ 2006;332: 441) that Roche saw her as a potential “whistle blower,” after she discovered …

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