A sacked doctor from Coventry says he was ‘absolutely relieved’ after a tribunal ruled that he had been unfairly sacked after raising concerns about patient safety.
Dr Raj Mattu, 54, was sacked from his role at the University of Coventry Hospital more than three years ago.
After expressing concerns over the wellbeing of two patients, who had died in crowded bays at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, Employment Judge Pauline Hughes ruled Dr Mattu was subject to ‘many detriments’ by the trust as a consequence of being a whistle-blower.
He had claimed that five patients being allocated to four-bed bays in December 1999, prevented vital equipment being used to save the life of a 35-year-old man, and publicly announced his views in September 2001.
He was suspended less than six months after the incident on the charges of bullying a junior doctor before, five years later, in July 2007, he was allowed back to work and later cleared of any bullying charges in March 2009.
However, less than one year on he was sacked by the hospital trust in an incident which Judge Hughes said Dr Mattu ‘did not cause or contribute to’.
Dr Mattu had claimed that the Trust relieved him of his duties purely because of his whistleblowing and that, for more than a decade, his livelihood was destroyed.
“Scores of false allegations, some of them quite heinous, were put forward,” he said to BBC Radio 4.
“The saddest thing out of all of this for me is that the people who have lost out the most are the patients and the public because for 13 years the trust management have prevented me from looking after patients.
“They have also, in the way they have treated me, discouraged any further whistle-blowers in the NHS from coming forward and risking having their career and livelihood destroyed.”