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A doctor’s claim he was targeted by the healthcare regulator in England because he was a whistleblower has been described as “fanciful”.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Shyam Kumar alleges his role as a special adviser to the Care Quality Commission was ended unfairly.

The decision was tied to concerns he raised about the regulator’s hospital-inspection regime, he says.

His claims were made during an employment tribunal hearing.

Raised concerns

Seconded by his employer, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Kumar had been giving the CQC expert advice on surgical departments during

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