Hospital doctor is sacked nine years after he was first suspended

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 04 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1477
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A consultant cardiologist has been sacked nearly nine years after his employer first suspended him.

Raj Mattu was suspended by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in February 2002 over allegations of bullying. His suspension occurred shortly after he had gone to the BBC with revelations about two patients dying in overcrowded bays at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, in September 2001.

He was dismissed on 30 November 2010 and is appealing against his sacking. A spokesman for the BMA, which is representing him, said, “Dr Mattu was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing, which he was unable to attend due …

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