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Whilst I strongly support the actions of Mr Browne in taking his case to tribunal the level of compensation is excessive.
This will be paid from the NHS funds and we all know the state of these _ there should be a cap on the level of compensation paid out
Mr Elliot will no doubt get another post in due course and will be laughing all the way to the bank. I would what the nurses on the wards will think of this payout !!!!
Mr Browne is among the very few former NHS workers who are compensated for unfair dismissals that arise from discrimination. In many cases in which black doctors and nurses are dismissed unfairly by NHS organizations these organizations then instruct expense city solicitor firms that use their networks of contacts with employment tribunals and appeal court judges to have the cases dismissed. For example, a black NHS consultant doctor was found to have been dismissed unfairly by an employment tribunal, yet her former Trust’s solicitors argument (that the consultant would have had nil chance of success in a fair competition against a non-medically candidate had the Trust followed a fair process of redundancy selection) was accepted by their judge cronies. As consequence a very qualified and experienced medical consultant had her career unfairly terminated without compensation despite a finding of unfair dismissal by an employment tribunal. The solicitor firm received over £250,000 of NHS funds for securing this unjust outcome. It is encouraging that in Mr Browne’s case he finally received justice. Hopefully this will send a message to other NHS organizations.
Everyone inside the NHS is accutely aware of the bullying culture that passes for management in that organisation. Many patients witness it daily as they watch life on a ward, as a visitor I have seen "the lower orders" - cleaners, porters etc shouted at and criticised in front of everyone present.
My real sense of grief is that I and every other UK taxpayer pays for that behaviour and culture, so despite an emotional and political commitment to the NHS, I sometimes really do ask if the private sector might behave better towards its workers. As a pro tem measure, perhaps every NHS Trust chief executive should be dismissed when such cases are exposed;the fear of losing such a plum and excessively paid job might just persuade them to manage effectively and fairly.
About time to. It applies to all. It proves that the NHS needs a radical overhaul to bring it into line with the new equality act. Example: employee is bullied for years has a breakdown employee is mobbed and then emails private message to a friend mentioning no names. This ended up on a facebook page but was not public and was private message. The employee was disciplined but, no one bothered to acknowelege that the employee had depression, anxiety and stress andis now in a state of fear.
They still think they are right employee is on the verge of a breakdown and still being discriminated against. They work for the NHS employee has very little support but, a lot of evidence agains the other employee. What does the employee do in this situation.
How do we hold the NHS to account for their continued collusion with abusive behaviour? Bullying exists because the board, CEO, management and unions collude to allow it to happen.
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