Britain’s biggest NHS trust was yesterday accused of mounting a “fishing expedition” against a union activist to justify dismissing her for speaking out over job cuts.
Managers at Barts Health were also said to have “beefed up” the accusations faced by Charlotte Monro to make her alleged disrepute appear more serious, her barrister Nicola Newbegin told the hearing.
Mrs Monro was sacked in July 2013 after alerting staff to a proposed loss of posts and beds on the stroke unit at Whipps Cross hospital, in Leytonstone, and after she spoke of her concerns at a Waltham Forest council meeting.
The case is seen as a test case across London for the way NHS trusts deal with their employees and comes after Barts admitted it has a problem with bullying. Campaigners believe it also touches on the issue of NHS failures to protect whistleblowers.
Ms Monro is claiming unfair dismissal after…
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