27 March 2008
GP practice manager sacked while suffering from cancer wins unfair dismissal claim
A GP practice manager who was dismissed from his role while suffering from cancer has been successful in his claim of unfair dismissal.
Charles Jones was sacked by the partners at Ibstock Doctors Surgery in November 2006 after they "created" reasons to get rid of him, the Leicester Mercury reports.
During an employment tribunal held recently, it was decided that the doctors, led by senior partner Dr Michael Stack, wanted to dismiss Mr Jones and made up reasons for doing so.
They had summoned him to a disciplinary hearing over two matters. The first involved a claim that he had agreed an unauthorised maintenance contract and the second centred on Mr Jones signing up to European City Guides, which was a scam.
Commenting after the hearing, the 58-year-old said: "I'm happy it's all over. I was very happy that I've been exonerated and able to get on with my life.
"It's a nasty cloud to have hanging over you along with everything else."
Recently, the government revealed it has had to put its plan to publish the outcome of employment tribunals over the internet on hold due to software complications, PersonnelToday.com reported.