Judge rules against surgeon who sued colleague and his trust over emails

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7571
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A surgeon who sued a colleague and his employers for libel over emails that alleged that he was angry at losing the chance of overtime pay rather than concerned about compromises to patients’ safety has lost his case at the High Court in London.

Milton Pena, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, sued the consultant obstetrician Lenzi Hanna and Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust over emails that Dr Hanna sent to members of the senior medical staff committee at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester. But Mr Justice Eady gave a summary judgment (judgment without a trial) in favour of Dr Hanna and the trust, ruling that they had valid defences to the claim.

Mr Pena, chairman of …

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