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A hospital consultant has been awarded £1.6m by an employment tribunal which ruled she had been the victim of racial discrimination and unfairly dismissed by her NHS trust. The tribunal found that Dr Feyi Awotona was dismissed from South Tyneside District Hospital in 1998 because she decided to begin discrimination proceedings following comments made to her by senior doctors. Awotona's solicitor, Jane Jelly, said the case showed racism was still rife in the NHS. 'It is very difficult for those from ethnic minorities to reach senior level positions,' she said.

Children in care are missing out on the chance to go to university, according to a report from the children's charity NCH. Fewer than one in 100 children in care have the chance to go on to higher education, despite government efforts to get more disadvantaged youngsters to university. The report, Close the gap, blamed the disruption caused by frequent moves between care homes and foster care, lack of adult support and low expectations from teachers. NCH chief executive Clare Tickell said children in care were being let down. 'If we do not tackle this issue today it will cost society tomorrow.'

Bullying in the workplace is a widespread problem in the public sector, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute. The report, published on September 14, showed that bullying can take many forms but most are psychological and affect executives at all levels. It also found that levels of bullying appear to be higher in public sector bodies than in any area of the private sector. …

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