Whistleblower Dr Mattu: justice cruelly deferred, but finally not not denied so many have suffered – is the Public Disclosure Act being deliberately ignored?
The latest case in PCU ‘s crowded whistleblower folder is that of Dr Mattu, the cardiologist who warned that that overcrowded wards at Coventry’s Walsgrave Hospital had caused the deaths of at least two patients and was suspended on full pay for eight years before being dismissed in 2010 . . .
Five months after making his complaint, he was suspended from duty and a disciplinary file passed to the General Medical Council containing more than 200 allegations, including the bullying claims, was dismissed by the GMC in 2009 . . . (Ed: Unfortunately in copying this I saved the changes and this is no longer the complete text.)
All this in the face of the so-called Whistleblowers Act –
David Lewis, the admirable Professor of Employment Law at Middlesex, writing in the Industrial Law Journal,* highlighted several weaknesses in the legislation, and – relevant to Dr Mattu’s case – it does not prevent employers from “blacklisting” and refusing to hire those who are known within the industry to have made disclosures in previous jobs.
And so it goes on at national and international level.
The ‘whistleblower law’ is honoured only in the breach
*Lewis, David (1998). “The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998”. Industrial Law Journal (Industrial Law Society) 27, payment required to read Oxford Journal pdf text.
Posted on August 17, 2012, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Vested interests, Whistleblowers and tagged Commission for Health Improvement, Coventry’s Walsgrave Hospital, David Lewis Professor of Employment Law, Dr Raj Mattu, General Medical Council, Public Disclosure Act. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.