Sharmila Chowdhury is an NHS whistleblower who reported consultant fraud in an NHS hospital and was dismissed as a result. The case is about as shocking as any I’ve come across.
Ms Chowdhury reported fraudulent professional claims (amounting to £280,000) to her senior management in an NHS Trust. The report was fully evidenced, but in a pernicious cover-up, false counterclaims were used to frame her. She was marched out of the hospital in full view of her colleagues by a senior HR manager – and then dismissed.
She quickly took the claim to a Tribunal, and won easily: the judge instructed the Trust to reinstate her, but its management refused…offering the convenient excuse that ‘new technology’ had rendered her post redundant. Short of funds and unemployed, Sharmila Chowdhury settled for a sum which barely covered her legal fees.
At Richmond House in June 2014, Chowdhury and six other similarly bullied…
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