Labour leader Ed Miliband throws support behind brave NHS whistleblower Sharmila Chowdhury

The Sunday Mirror  Jan 24, 2015 23:36    By Martyn Halle

The radiographer exposed alleged corruption costing hundreds of thousands after spotting consultants claiming pay while working privately

Sharmila Chowdhury - NHS whistleblower
Not supported: Sharmila Chowdhury was accused of fraud and sacked

Labour leader Ed Miliband has thrown his support behind brave NHS whistleblowerSharmila Chowdhury.

The radiographer exposed alleged corruption costing hundreds of thousands after claiming she spotting consultants claiming pay while working privately.

But rather than being thanked, she was accused of fraud and sacked at Ealing Hospital, North West London, in 2007.

Even though a tribunal agreed she should be protected, bosses refused to take her back.

Labour leader Ed Miliband
Helping hand: Labour leader Ed Miliband

Sharmila, 54, said: “I applied for dozens of NHS jobs but it was clear there was a black mark against my name.”

She met the Labour leader at Westminster after being nominated for a Local Hero award.

A spokesman said: “Ed spoke to Sharmila and thanked her for everything she had done.”

Last year she returned to work in the NHS after a meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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