NHS bosses quizzed on doctor’s tribunal payout

Dr Eva Michalak
Dr Eva Michalak

HEALTH bosses will be asked for reassurance that a £4.4m compensation payout to a doctor sacked unfairly will not affect patient care.

A council watchdog is concerned about the damage caused to the reputation and finances of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust after an employment tribunal awarded damages to Dr Eva Michalak.

The tribunal found that Dr Michalak was unfairly dismissed from her job at Pontefract Hospital after going on maternity leave.

She was awarded £4,452,206 for sex and race discrimination and £7,180 for unfair dismissal.

The trust apologised for mistakes made and said it had learned lessons from the case.

An independent review found no evidence of widespread discrimination across the trust.

Wakefield Council’s health and social care overview and scrutiny committee will quiz trust bosses on the payout next week.

A report to the meeting said: “Notwithstanding the public apology and the commitment to ensure there is no repetition, the committee is concerned in relation to the reputational damage sustained by the trust and the need to restore public confidence.

“In addition, there is some concern relating to a substantial compensation payout at a time of financial pressure within the trust and the committee would seek reassurances that any payment would not compromise the provision of high quality patient care.”