- Consultant cardiologist Dr Kevin Beatt has won a two-year legal battle
- Blew the whistle over conditions at Croydon University Hospital in 2011
- Raised concerns over staffing shortages, poor equipment and bullying
- But Dr Beatt was then sacked by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
- Damaging allegations against him included claim he was mentally unstable
- Trust say they are ‘disappointed’ with tribunal’s decision and will appeal
Consultant cardiologist Dr Kevin Beatt (pictured) was sacked after he blew the whistle on hospital conditions following a patient’s death
A renowned heart specialist who raised the alarm over a hospital’s failings was unfairly dismissed in a calculated attempt to damage his reputation, a tribunal has ruled.
Consultant cardiologist Dr Kevin Beatt has won a two-year legal battle with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, which sacked him in September 2012 after he raised the alarm about staffing shortages, ‘appalling’ equipment and workplace bullying.
He voiced his concerns following the death of heart patient Gerald Storey, 63, at Croydon University Hospital in June 2011.
It was a routine angioplasty, an inquest heard in 2013, but a senior nurse had been suspended hours earlier – without Dr Beatt’s knowledge – and her absence contributed to the patient’s death.
Dr Beatt, a renowned specialist who led the hospital’s well-regarded department for interventional heart procedures from 2007, should have been afforded protected whistleblower status but instead lost his job in a case he claimed provided a damning demonstration of the trust’s attempts to cover up failings.
The trust argued it dismissed him ‘for making unsubstantiated and unproven allegations of an unsafe service’, but the employment tribunal ruled there was ‘no consistent evidence’ of gross misconduct and chief executive John Goulston, whose evidence it criticised as inconsistent, had ‘failed to carry out a fair process’.
Between 2008 and his dismissal, Dr Beatt raised a catalogue of concerns about inadequate equipment, bullying and harassment of junior employees, removal of key staff, a lack of competent nurses and the failure to properly investigate serious incidents.