22 February 2012
Nurses' unfair dismissal ruling upheld
A ruling of unfair dismissal made in favour of two nurses in the east of England has been upheld.
Amanda Crawford and Neil Preston were fired from their roles as mental health workers at the West Suffolk Hospital in September 2008 after they were accused of tying up an 89-year-old patient with dementia.
The duo contested this decision in an employment tribunal and won on the grounds that the man's "aggressive behaviour" warranted them to tie his legs to his mobile chair, but this ruling was then overturned by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
However, the original decision has now been reinstated by the Court of Appeal, meaning the professionals are entitled to damages from the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust - a body with more than 60 sites across Suffolk.
Ms Crawford told the East Anglian Daily Times: "We are delighted somebody has finally come to the right decision and common sense has come into it somewhere along the line."
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