Caven blog

July 2012

Ex-NHS Chief drops unfair dismissal claim in ‘super-gag’ deal

A BBC investigation has claimed that Gary Walker, the former chief executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, has been silenced about the reasons he was sacked by his NHS employers.

Walker was officially dismissed from his £140,000-per-year post in February 2010 for swearing out loud at board meetings. Walker disagreed with the reason given, and launched an unfair dismissal claim.

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Mental health sufferers challenge DWP over new benefit system

Last Friday, at a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, a High Court judge considered whether to grant permission for a judicial review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), regarding its effect on people with mental health problems.

The WCA forms the basis of advice to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which is responsible for awarding the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to claimants who cannot work because of illness or disability. The ESA will have replaced Incapacity Benefit by 2014.

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