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Uber-driving former heart surgeon wins six figure pay out from health board that sacked him

A heart surgeon who became an Uber driver has won a six-figure pay out from the health board that sacked him after claiming he was unfairly dismissed for being an NHS whistleblower.

Consultant cardiac surgeon Peter O’Keefe, 52, was accused of bullying colleagues at a teaching hospital.

He was sacked from his consultant role at the University Hospital of Wales after being found guilty of misconduct in the workplace, and now earns around £12,000 in his new career with the taxi app.

But Dr O’Keefe took Cardiff & Vale University Health Board to court for unfair dismissal, and claims they wasted £1m of taxpayers’ money by unfairly sacking him.

An out-of-court settlement was reached on the day an Employment Tribunal was about to start.

Dr O’Keefe said: “It’s a bitter-sweet outcome for me. It’s an enormous relief not to have the pressure any more, but this has gone on so long and I can’t go back to medicine. I’ve tried to get work but I’m the wrong side of 50.

“I came to the conclusion that the best thing was to give myself a job, so I’ve become an Uber driver, and I’m loving it.”

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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