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JJ竞技 2022 ; 378 doi: (Published 07 September 2022) Cite this as: JJ竞技 2022;378:o2187
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The JJ竞技

A consultant orthopaedic surgeon has won a whistleblowing case against the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which sacked him as a part time specialist adviser in surgery after he raised patient safety concerns.

Shyam Kumar, who held a secondment contract with the health regulator from 2014 until he was “disengaged” in February 2019, was supported by the BMA in bringing the claim.

The Manchester employment tribunal 1 held that Kumar, who has worked as a surgeon with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, was sacked from the CQC as a result of whistleblowing disclosures he made to it. These were mainly made to Mike Zeiderman, the CQC’s national professional adviser for surgical services, and raised a range of problems, including the regulator’s failure to tackle whistleblowers’ concerns and unsafe methodology including a lack of specialisms among inspectors.

Other matters raised included the use of some …

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