22 May 2009
Senior executive seeks £760k compensation over alleged age discrimination
A former NHS manager is seeking a payout of £760,000 over alleged unfair dismissal.
Nigel Woodcock used to be chief executive of primary care trusts in Eden Valley, Carlisle and west Cumbria. The organisations came together to form Cumbria Primary Care Trust, which is now known as NHS Cumbria.
He was made redundant following the reorganisation in 2006 and claims that his bosses used the opportunity to get rid of him.
According to Mr Woodcock, they were under political pressure to do so. In addition, he claims he was subject to age discrimination.
He also alleges that to avoid paying his pension, they let him go a few weeks before his 50th birthday.
If he had left after he turned 50, he would have been eligible for pension payments worth £500,000.
However, because Mr Woodcock was 49 when he lost his job, he was given a payout of £225,000 instead.
The tribunal is ongoing.