A nurse who claimed she was “hounded out” of Good Hope Hospital following the death of a patient has lost her legal battle over alleged sex and race discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.
Auriel Nyemitei-Addo of Smeed Grove, Erdington, claimed she was unfairly criticised after the death of Jane Harrop from a rare brain virus – and took the Heart of England NHS Trust to an employment tribunal.
Mrs Nymitei-Addo had been exonerated following an investigation into Jane’s treatment at the Sutton Coldfield hospital. She was on duty the night the patient died, but had not been responsible for what happened.
An inquest into the 2010 tragedy uncovered gross failings in the 30-year-old’s care, however. It heard Jane had to wait almost 12 hours to be examined by a doctor.
Mrs Nymitei-Addo informed the Birmingham hearing:
- Seven letters had been sent in by hospital staff about her attitude at work and she had been victimised and bullied.
- Management proposed moving her to the day shift – a move she was not happy about.
- One of her bosses felt more should have been done for Mrs Harrop and that a doctor should have examined the patient during the night.
Mrs Nymitei-Addo said : “They were trying to hound me out because of my colour. I was an easy target. I felt threatened and humiliated and I had an emotional breakdown. I could not take any more bullying and victimisation and resigned.”
Tribunal judge Bryn Lloyd has thrown out all three of the former nurse’s compensation claims after a tribunal lasting several days.
Mr Lloyd said: “The respondent informed the claimant that seven of her colleagues complained of her attitude at work, that she had worn long red hair, long patterned nails and a large cardigan and that her conduct was unethical, which the claimant denied.”
The tribunal did not accept that Mrs Nymitei-Addo had been hounded out of her job
Mr Lloyd added: “The tribunal is of the unanimous conclusion that no correlation with racial motives has been shown in respect by the respondent.”
Mr Ian Scott, representing the Trust which opposed Mrs Nymitei-Addo’s compensation claims, agreed she had been exonerated by the Trust for any blame over Jane’s death.
*At the Selly Oak health assistant’s inquest, coroner Aidan Cotter rapped medics and said there had been “gross failures” in Jane’s final hours.
She died on February 19, 2010, from inflammation of the brain and spine caused by a virus which had been present for at least two month.
It was ruled Jane died from natural causes. Mr Cotter said he found no neglect on the hospital’s part because the failures had not sufficiently contributed to her death. But he said there had been gross failures because no doctor had examined her for almost 12 hours.