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Doctor who was excluded for raising patient safety concerns is entitled to substantial damages

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c739
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A consultant urologist at a London hospital who was suspended from work for 10 weeks after repeatedly raising concerns about patient safety has won a whistleblowing claim against his hospital trust.

    Ramon Niekrash was branded a troublemaker and excluded from Queen Elizabeth hospital in Woolwich, southeast London, in April 2008 after a series of letters to management about the consequences of cuts on patient services.

    But London South employment tribunal in Croydon unanimously ruled that he was excluded because of his whistleblowing, entitling him to substantial damages. A separate hearing will decide what damages he …

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