A hospital consultant obstetrician who was unfairly sacked from South Tyneside hospital in 1998 has been awarded more than £1.6 million compensation. The Tribunal ruled that she had suffered racial discrimination and ordered the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust to reinstate her to her £68,000 a year role. Dr Awotono quit her job in May after delays in reskilling procedures.

The Trust said in a statement that it would be discussing the decision with legal advisers to look at the potential for an appeal. They commented that they are "disappointed and shocked at the level of the award, which has been made, particularly given the fact that Dr Awotono was reinstated and had the opportunity for long term employment within the NHS."

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