Deputy matron gets £7,000 for unfair dismissal

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The deputy matron of a Scottish nursing home has been awarded more than £7,000 compensation by an employment tribunal after it ruled she had been unfairly and constructively dismissed. Margaret Sinclair, 56, deputy matron of Marchmont House in Port Glasgow had been demoted to staff nurse in another care home in the group following allegations that correct procedures had not always been followed. These allegations included patients’ drug forms not always being signed and the night shift failing on occasion to operate with the minimum number of care workers. In one case there was an incident with a patient that triggered a Care Commission enquiry. The tribunal also heard evidence of a strained relationship between Mrs Sinclair and the home manager. However the tribunal ruled that a disciplinary hearing by home owner Sheena Todd did not undertake sufficient investigation before the decision was reached to demote Mrs Sinclair with a loss of responsibility, status and pay. As a result , the tribunal said, Mrs S

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