16 October 2008
Doctor wins payout at employment tribunal
A doctor who was sacked in October last year has been awarded compensation of £6,097.
Earlier this year, it was ruled that officials at Mid Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT) - which serves a population of around 360,000 - had failed to follow the statutory procedures when they made Dr Marion Becker redundant, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.
This week, a panel made its decision regarding the amount of money she should receive.
The health trust was penalised because it failed to offer the doctor a meeting to discuss her redundancy, which it was legally required to do under the Employment Act 2002.
Dr Becker, who worked as a salaried locum GP, lost her job as part of a cost-cutting initiative by the health trust which was intended to tackle a budget deficit of £18 million.
According to Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, chief executive of the Mid Essex PCT, Dr Becker occupied one of two locum GP posts identified as having to go.