A hospital manager is taking legal action against his former employers over alleged unfair dismissal.
Eugene Carr was one of three staff members to lose his job at the Stephenson Unit in Durham just over two years ago, GazetteLive reports.
The action to get rid of the workers followed the death of a patient on a mental health ward.
During a recent tribunal, the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust argued that Mr Carr had failed in his duties to manage the risk of the patient committing suicide.
Janice Maddison, general manager for substance misuse at the trust, told the hearing that a police investigation was launched in addition to an internal investigation as a result of the death.
Mr Carr maintains that his sacking was unfair and the case is yet to be decided.
Established in April 2006, the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare services to around 1.4 million people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley and north-east Yorkshire.