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Doctor who was sacked in Baby P case claims unfair dismissal

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2540
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The paediatrician who was sacked after failing to spot that Baby P had a broken back and eight fractured ribs two days before he died has launched a claim of unfair dismissal against her former employers, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.

Sabah Al-Zayyat is taking her case to an employment tribunal, which has the power to award up to £66 200 (€79 000; $109 000) if she succeeds in her claim.

The severely abused 17 month old boy, now known as Baby …

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