12 May 2010
Doctors win right to bring class action over alleged race discrimination
A group of six doctors has won the right to bring a class action against a health trust in a case of alleged race discrimination.
The medical professionals are suing NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and claim they were victimised by bosses, the Rochdale Observer reports.
During a recent hearing, managers from the organisation - which operates with an annual budget of around £330 million - unsuccessfully tried to get the case thrown out.
Their argument was based on the fact that the doctors were on contract and therefore not directly employed by the trust.
Commenting on the issue, the legal representative acting on behalf of the doctors noted that the judge had ruled the allegations merited a full hearing.
Meanwhile, Lesley Mort, executive director of integrated commissioning at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, said: "We are co-operating with legal proceedings relating to this case and will support a fair and transparent hearing."
A full trial is now scheduled to take place in January next year.