06 October 2009
Whistleblower claims she was unfairly treated
A female doctor who blew the whistle over what she described as a lack of equipment at the medical centre she worked in is claiming she was the victim of unfair treatment.
In 2006, Christine Paterson made a total of five disclosures to NHS Highland - which provides services to a population of around 398,790 - over what she saw as a shortage of equipment at the Kinlochbervie Medical Practice, the Press and Journal reports.
The 50-year-old allegess she suffered professionally as a result, being passed over for an interview for a full-time job and not having her locum contract renewed.
She has taken her case to an employment tribunal.
The medical professional claims that the detriments occurred because she exercised rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act.
Dr Paterson is to represent herself in the case and has lodged a 71-page witness statement.
Recently, a hearing occurred during which preliminary issues were discussed.