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Trust director denies racial discrimination

The medical director of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust has denied racial discrimination against a doctor working in the neurosurgical unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Dr Tony Stevens gave evidence at an industrial tribunal yesterday and refuted allegations made by Dr Philip Thomas, a locum doctor who is representing himself in the case, that he treated him unfairly because of his Indian origin.

The tribunal was told Dr Thomas lodged formal grievance proceedings against Dr Stevens and a colleague in the neurosurgical department on June 15, 2009.

He said he first raised concerns in a meeting with the trust medical director in March 2008.

Notes taken by the medical director at the time said Dr Thomas was unhappy but there was no

mention of racial discrimination.

Dr Stevens said: “My recollection is that your main concern was that you’d be out of a job. That seemed to me the issue that you needed some reassurance on.”

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The tribunal was told Dr Thomas was subsequently examined as a part of a root cause analysis (RCA) which was started following a serious adverse incident involving a patient who has since passed away.

The case continues.

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