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£1.2m awarded to cardiologist who exposed NHS failings

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Dr Raj Mattu, a leading cardiologist who threw light on medical malpractices in 2001, has been awarded £1.2 million upon winning his case against being sacked for his exposure of the shortcomings. It was heard that more than £10 million of tax payers’ money has been squandered by the NHS in an attempt to silence Dr Mattu and ruin his career.  Dr Mattu, who had been working for the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, claimed in 2001 that patients were being put in danger by overcrowding in wards and by the hospital trying to cover it up.

2 patients died in overcrowded A&E bays

After exposing the fact that 2 patients had died whilst being held in dangerously overcrowded A&E bays, Dr Mattu was dismissed from his position. He then took the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust to a tribunal where he was hounded for shedding light on the inadequate standards of care that he was exposing. This caused the taxpayer millions of pounds.

Defending Mr Mattu, Stephen Moore stated that more protection for whistle-blowers in the NHS should be prevalent.  He welcomed the award on behalf of Dr Mattu and stated: “The significant concerns which my client raised were proved to be well-founded and the award allows him to begin rebuilding a shattered life”.

It was ruled in April 2014 that Dr Mattu had been unfairly dismissed by a tribunal and that he had been targeted by health chiefs who had tried to cover up his allegations. 

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