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Pinto v Gloucestershire NHS Primary Care Trust - No unfairness in "merging" disciplinary hearings where Claimant consented [2010] EAT

Where an initial investigation revealed further matters for investigation and the employee consented to all the matters being considered at one disciplinary hearing, there was no unfairness when she was consequently dismissed.

Mrs Pinto was an experienced registered nurse and health visitor. In mid-2007, as part of a national investigation following the Victoria Climbie affair, concerns about Mrs Pinto's record keeping came to light, resulting in a disciplinary hearing at which she received a written warning. However, as part of this process, background matters came to light which then led to further investigations - as a result of which further concerns about both Mrs Pinto's record keeping and some of her clinical practices arose. Mrs Pinto was offered a number of options on how to proceed, and upon advice she chose to attend a single hearing which would incorporate the original matters (about which she was appealing) as well as the new matters.

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