…a tribunal has found Peter Hale was not racially motivated when he used the phrase “sub-continent elements” during a discussion about other doctors.
And they went a bit further than simply clearing him of the accusation. In fact, they made counter-claims about his accusers:
The panel noted the comments were made following a toxic staff meeting in which other doctors had made accusations of racism and slavery.
They said: “Whatever their grievances may have been, they were not appropriate comments to have made at that meeting.
“Their conduct at the meeting followed similar behaviour towards you and other staff members over a period of time.
“The tribunal was satisfied that against that background your comments were not motivated by racial prejudice, but rather in response to the conduct of the complainants both during and prior to the meeting.”
That’s quite an extraordinary thing to hear from a tribunal (at least, those the newspapers cover). But perhaps it’s not so unexpected as all that:
The four doctors who referred Mr Hale to the GMC had their own case for racial discrimination against the trust thrown out last year after they were found to have secretly recorded a private meeting between the trust’s lawyers about their case.
I’d be interested to know if they are still working in Brighton. Wouldn’t you?