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Letters Record discrimination award

Independence in disciplinary proceedings against doctors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e548
  1. Julian R De Havilland, scientist1
  1. 1Leeds, UK
  1. juliandehavilland{at}

Dr Eva Michalak’s employers were found to have discriminated against her on grounds of race and sex, victimised her for protected disclosures, and unfairly dismissed her.1 The campaign of harassment made her so ill that the tribunal deemed she would not work as a doctor again. This “career loss” resulted in record damages. How was this possible?

After negotiation with the BMA, …

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