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Whistleblower who was excluded from work for five years wins apology

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:63
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent, BMJ

    A junior doctor who was excluded from work for five years after she objected to the inclusion of patients’ medical records, including her own, on research databases without consent has received an unreserved apology from her employers in the High Court.

    Named only as Dr Z to preserve her anonymity, she is subject to a gagging order and cannot discuss her case. However, the BMJ understands that she will not return to her job but has accepted compensation for the false allegations made against her and for the blight on her career.

    Acting without a lawyer, she brought a libel action against her employers, Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust, and the East of England Strategic Health Authority, which hosted her training scheme.

    Damian Brown, for the trust and the authority, said in a statement in open court that Dr Z, whom he described as “a talented young …

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