Lucia Gibson
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Tribunal hears GP's 'bullied for being black' claim
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A DOCTOR who worked in a Walton surgery has taken Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT) to an employment tribunal, accusing bosses of failing to deal with racial discrimination.

Nigerian GP Dr Lucia Gibson, who lives in Weybridge, claimed the health authority, now known as NHS Surrey, did not investigate claims of racism while she was working at Walton Health Centre.

Dr Gibson told London South Employment Tribunal on Tuesday (March 19) that criminal proceedings – which she was acquitted of in December 2009 having been suspended in September 2007 – were brought about because of her nationality and race.

The tribunal was told on the first day of the hearing how Dr Gibson, who was the single practitioner working in the blue practice – one of four at the Rodney Road health centre – had been investigated for alleged fraud after being commended for running a top performing practice.

In a witness statement, Dr Gibson said another doctor, Gaynor Lewis, had put up a newspaper clipping of her good performance on a noticeboard.

Two other doctors, whose names were removed from the statement to protect their identity, were alleged to have torn down the cutting, the tribunal heard.

“I felt subjected to bullying and felt this was because I was different to them - I was black,” she said.

Dr Gibson said the PCT’s decision to remove her from its GP performance list after she was arrested on suspicion of fraud was also because of her race.

During cross-examination on Tuesday, Benjamin Uduje, acting on behalf of the primary care trust, questioned parts of Dr Gibson’s witness statement.

Mr Uduje asked why she was pursuing the PCT and not the staff at Walton Health Centre.

Mr Uduje continued: “The PCT do not decide who gets employed at the practice,” to which Dr Gibson replied: “They then realised that I did not fit in. They did not know I was getting the job. At that time I had applied for a job at that practice before.

“The reason I did not get it was because the partner was leaving. He just wanted somebody to replace him.”

Mr Uduje went on to ask Dr Gibson about the racial make-up of Surrey practices.

“There are approximately 130 GP practices in Surrey – over 1,000 GPs,” he said.

“I am told that the racial profile of those on the performance list is mixed.

“There are quite a number of non-white GPs in Surrey. You are not the only one, there are quite a few.”

Dr Gibson replied: “I would say there is a misrepresentation of black GPs in Surrey.”

In a statement to the court, Beverley Brough, who was a receptionist in Dr Gibson’s practice, said other members of staff had tried to put her off and persuade her not to work for her.

“The staff were constantly keeping check on the claimant’s lists and complained about the amount of nurses’ time she took up compared to other GPs,” she said.

“When I was told I liked the claimant, I was told ‘you don’t know her’. My gut feeling is that they did not like to work with the claimant because she is different - it’s a question of culture and race.”

Mr Uduje said Ms Brough had said Dr Gibson could come across as rude – but that the GP was apologetic when this was raised.

The tribunal is expected to last 10 days and will continue into next week.

Source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2131244_tribunal_hears_gps_bullied_for_being_black_claim



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