Malayali doc wins legal fight over unfair dismissal and receives compensation of £23,000

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Dr Shyam Kumar

Kochi: Dr Shyam Kumar, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Department of Health in the UK, finally won the legal fight over his unfair dismissal and received a compensation of £23,000. Shyam was a member of the Medicolegal committee of the British Orthopaedic Association and a member of the Appointments Advisory Committee at Royal College of Surgeons of England. He took charge as the Special Advisor of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2014.

Shyam Kumar while serving as the Special Advisor at CQC noticed several discrepancies in the Health Department. He submitted a report over it and tried to move legally against the shortcomings on the part of CQC. His higher-ups and other senior officials turned against him. He was removed from the post and had to face character assassination and insensitive remarks. Shyam moved the court challenging his dismissal with the help of the British Medical Council following this.

The court ruled that Shyam must be paid the compensation amount and that those concerned must apologise to him for the mental distress caused to him. On September 6, CQC’s Chief Executive Officer issued an apology to Shyam and also paid the compensation amount.

Shyam completed his MBBS from Thrissur Medical College and MS in Orthopaedics from Mumbai. Wife: Dr Sangeetha. He has two children.

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