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Consultant gets green light to sue his former employers for millions

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2974
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A consultant dismissed for gross professional and personal misconduct has won the go-ahead from the Court of Appeal to sue his former employers for more than £4m (€4.8m; $5.8m) in compensation for ruining his career by using the wrong disciplinary process.

    In their judgment, three senior judges overturned a high court ruling last year that Michael Edwards could sue only for salary he would have earned until the alternative disciplinary process was concluded, plus three months pay in lieu of notice.

    Mr Edwards, former consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon with Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Derbyshire, was sacked …

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