21 January 2010
Nursing chief wins £115k in racial discrimination case
A woman who was the victim of racial discrimination has been successful in her claims for compensation.
Dr Sarina Saiger was sacked from her role at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in 2008.
The nursing chief alleged that she had been told by the then director of nursing that she was the "wrong colour and culture" for Cumbria.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - which employs around 3,300 staff - denied the allegations.
However, it has been ruled that the organisation was responsible for racial discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Dr Saiger was awarded £115,000 and the health trust was forced to apologise.
Its chief executive Carole Heatly stated: "The trust is pleased this lengthy case has come to a conclusion for all concerned and as an organisation we are now able to move on."
She added that it is sorry for the distress the case has caused Dr Saiger and many lessons have been learned.