NRI doctor, whistle-blower wins job back after 5 years battle
London, Aug. 02, 2007
NRI Dr Raj Mattu, 47, chief cardiologist at Walsgrave
Hospital, in Coventry was suspended in February 2002 by hospital
chiefs after he gave a TV interview- accused the Walsgrave Hospital
of compromising care by cramming five patients into wards built
for four. He also claimed that this is the reason, eleven people
had died because resuscitation teams could not reach them in an
After suspension, he has spent the last five years
at home on two thirds of his £110,000 salary.
The NHS trust said that he was suspended for bullying
a junior doctor, but Dr Mattu has always vehemently denied this
claim. A review in 2004 cleared University Hospitals Coventry &
Warwickshire NHS Trust of responsibility for any deaths in relation
The panel ruled two years ago that Dr Mattu be allowed
to return to work, but the hospital refused to accept the ruling.
The Walsgrave Hospital has since closed and been replaced by the
new University Hospital.
His case was raised in the Hous of Commons by city
MPs Jim Cunningham and Geoffrey Robinson on several occasions, but
the Government refused to intervene in the matter.
Phil Townshend, chairman of University Hospitals Coventry
and Warwickshire NHS Trust, had pledged to resolve Dr Mattu's suspension
when he took over the post earlier this year. The lifting of his
suspension comes just weeks after David Roberts, chief executive
of the trust, confirmed plans to leave his role for a new job in
On Tuesday, Bosses of a new management team
have finally agreed that he can return to his job:
- After a series of meetings between representatives of University
Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and consultant cardiologist
Dr Raj Mattu, the trust has decided to lift Dr Mattu's suspension
- The trust will be working with Dr Mattu to develop a retraining
programme before he returns to clinical practice.
Dr Mattu said:
- After having five and a half years of my life taken away from
me, I struggle to express my relief and joy on being told that
my suspension is at last lifted with immediate effect.
- This has been a terrible ordeal for me, my fiancee, family
- I think it is no coincidence that this just follows the appointment
of a new management team.
It is estimated that over £3 million cost to
National Health Service.