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Forensic psychiatrist wins case against her employer

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7627
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A consultant forensic psychiatrist at Broadmoor high security hospital who while on a crowded train discussed a medical report on a patient has won a ruling from the UK Supreme Court stopping her employers from convening a hearing that could result in her dismissal for gross misconduct.1

The UK’s highest court ordered West London Mental Health NHS Trust not to pursue allegations of breaches of confidentiality against Chhabra as matters of gross misconduct, potentially grounds for dismissal.

The court also barred the trust from pursuing any confidentiality concerns against her without first restarting and completing an independent investigation. The five judges …

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