Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nurse Is to Be Reinstated; Sacking Three Years Ago Was Victimisation

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nurse Is to Be Reinstated; Sacking Three Years Ago Was Victimisation

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Byline: Alastair Craig

HEALTH chiefs have been ordered to reinstate a nurse they sacked three years ago after a judge ruled he was victimised.

An employment tribunal this week found that Yunus Bakhsh had the right to demand his job back, half a decade after he was first suspended amid claims of bullying fellow workers.

Bosses at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust first suspended and then dismissed Mr Bakhsh after they received anonymous complaints against him.

It emerged later that some of those who gave statements criticising the trade unionist in a management investigation had previously joined racist groups on Facebook.

Last summer, a tribunal ruled that Mr Bakhsh's sacking was sparked by his activity with the trade union Unison and that he had been the victim of disability discrimination.

The 50-year-old from Sunniside, Gateshead, was sacked in June 2008 while on leave suffering from depression.

A tribunal panel sitting on Newcastle's Quayside this week ordered that the trust re-employ him in his job as a psychiatric nurse, compensate him for lost earnings, and pay an undisclosed penalty for discriminating against him. Mr Bakhsh last night said he was "jubilant" at the decision, although the Trust board have yet to confirm whether it will obey the ruling.

"All I've ever wanted is to return to my job as a nurse in the NHS, which I love," he said.

"It's one of things I'm passionate about, and what I'm trained to do. I have persevered for justice and I think I have got that. I am happy just to be able to go back to work. I have had no indication from my former employer that they are going to refuse to obey the law and reinstate me. So I await confirmation of a start date.

"All I want is to put this behind me and go back to work. I was proud to be an NHS worker because they do wonderful things for people. …

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