10 January 2012
Ex-NHS manager awarded £1m discrimination damages
A former NHS manager has been granted a compensation sum of nearly £1 million after an employment tribunal ruled he had been a victim of race discrimination.
Elliot Browne took legal action against the Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust - a body responsible for the treatment of more than one million patients annually - after he was suspended then left his role in 2008.
Mr Browne had worked for the NHS for 34 years and told the court case he began being treated unfairly in the early stages of 2007 when the department he managed fell into a deficit.
The 55-year-old indicated he was then subjected to bullying and harassment by deputy chief executive Gill Heaton and the tribunal has now decided the professional is entitled to a settlement of just over £933,000.
Rachael Maskell - head of health at Unite, the union representing Mr Browne - insisted his ordeal is "not unique within the NHS".
"Discrimination and harassment in the health service is all too common and needs to be rooted out," she added.
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