Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Councils and Hospitals £94million to settle more than 3,000 cases

An Evening Standard investigation found 33 councils and health trusts in the capital paid to settle 807 cases, rather than air them in open court.

The figures, obtained using freedom of information laws, reveal town halls and hospitals across the country handed over a total of £94million to settle more than 3,000 cases, including 305 claims of discrimination on grounds of disability, sex, race or age.

86 health trusts across the country, including 20 in London, admitted paying a total £49.7 million to settle 1,220 claims out of court. And 65 councils, including 13 in the capital, used £44.5 million of public money to end 2,099 claims.

My comment: Whilst a proportion can be explained away by the compensation culture I would suspect quite a few are down to councils falsely accusing whistle-blowers only to face losing in court.  The Haringey example in the article highlights the issue.

Social worker Nevres Kemal, 46, who tried to raise concerns about Haringey council's treatment of children before the death of Baby P.

The council singled her out as a whistleblower, falsely accused her of child abuse and investigated her nine-year-old daughter's welfare. During what she described as a four-year "witch-hunt", Miss Kemal lost her job, faced a police investigation and her family and health fell apart.

Haringey eventually dropped the case and paid her undisclosed compensation.

Read the full story from the source This is London

Read all articles about whistle-blowers on this blog.

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