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BMA settles dispute with Indian docs

PTI | ByUK Bureau, London
May 12, 2004 02:47 PM IST

The five doctors had accused the British Medical Association of racial discrimination.

The five Indian doctors, who accused the British Medical Association (BMA) of racially discriminating against them and taken the body to an employment Tribunal, have now settled their case for £130,000.

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The five doctors - Fahtima Farook, Sheedhar Vaidya, Kumar Ghosh, Vijay Jadhav and Vanilla Bera - who live in Manchester, London and Birmingham had alleged that the BMA failed to represent them in race cases at work. However, just a few hours before the case was to be heard at Manchester Employment Tribunal, the settlement was brokered.

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The BMA had denied the allegations but agreed to pay £130,000 to "draw a line" under the case. The money would be shared between the five.

The settlement could, however, prompt more claims. Parvez Akhtar of Birchfield Solicitors in Manchester, had said that dozens of other doctors approached his firm, who also alleged that the BMA did not represent them in racial discrimination cases.

The BMA was, a few months ago, asked to pay £1 million to Rajendra Chaudhary, a Manchester urologist, for refusing to represent him in a case against the National Health Service (NHS). The BMA had appealed, but an Employment Appeals Tribunal dismissed it.

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